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Indonesia to purchase the Su-35

As the business of selling jet fighters keeps on, some countries fair better than others. Recently, France got disappointed by Brazil as the deal to purchase the Rafale came to a halt. Now, the Russians are feeling a bit happy as Indonesia announces they are ready to purchase the Su-35 to replace its fleet of F-5. According to a report in Indonesia’s official newspaper, ANTARA, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro discussed the plan to replace the F-5 Tigers in a meeting with Indonesian Military Commander General Moeldoko and Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshall Ida Bagus Putu Dunia on Tuesday. The report went on to summarize General Moeldoko as saying that possible candidates include Russian Sukhoi Su-35, the American F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the Swedish Fighter SAAB JAS 39 Gripen. He noted that the Indonesian Air Force has already conducted a study on each of the jets.

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The report itself, however, singled out the Su-35 multirole fighter specifically. The Russian newspaper RIA Novosti ran a story highlighting Purnomo’s comments. The RIA Novosti report also noted that Indonesia has already purchased five Su-27SKM and 11 Su-30MK2 fighter jets from Russia over the last decade, and is currently considering buying Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Moscow. In late 2012, Russia’s Vnesheconombank (VEB) agreed to provide Indonesia with nearly $400 million over the next seven years to purchase Russian aircraft. According to Sukhoi, the maker of the Su-35, the fighter is a “4++ generation aircraft employing technologies of the fifth generation” that make it superior to other 4th generation fighters on the market or under development. The company has been aggressively pushing exports of the Su-35 to a number of countries including China, which has long been in negotiations with Russia over purchasing the fighter jet. Last July the deputy head of Russia’s defense export company, Rosoboronexport, said that Russia and China will sign a deal on the Su-35 sometime this year.

f-15

Is this the end of the F-15 fighter jet ? The F-15 is one of the greatest fighter jets ever produce, and it would be a shame to see it go, but recent events have led to think the F-15 may be closer to retirement than ever before. Indeed, crucial structural flaws have been discovered after one of the jets broke apart during a simulated dogfight in November. As a result, the Air Force officials grounded the entire F-15 fleet, nearly 700 planes in all, fearing such a defect. The newest versions of the fighter jets were allowed to resume flying shortly afterward, but 440 of the older model F-15s have remained out of service. The Air Force plans to allow about 260 of the remaining grounded planes to return to duty today. But about 180 more will remain idle because of suspected structural flaws. “Many of them may never fly again,” a senior Air Force officer said. The officer, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity because results of the investigation are not due to be made public until today. Long the nation’s most sophisticated front-line fighters, the F-15 are gradually being replaced; many are up to 30 years old. The Air Force still relies on F-15s to protect the continental U.S. and to fly combat missions abroad. Newer model F-15Es are used in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and were the first of the grounded planes to resume flying after the mishap in November.