Indonesia orders 42 Rafale jets from France

In a series of tweets today the French Defence Minister Florence Parly announced, "It's official: Indonesia orders 42 Rafales."

The agreement was announced after Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto met with the French Defence Minister Florence Parly in Jakarta.

“We agreed on the purchase of 42 Rafales. The contract signed today is for the first six, which will be followed by 36 others," said Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto.

The French Defence Minister also announced in her tweets that Indonesia has intentions to purchase two French-made submarines.

Dassault Aviation, maker of Rafale, in a press release wrote: 

In the presence of the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and the Indonesian Minister of Defence, Prabowo Subianto, the Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, and the Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of Defence Facilities Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, signed the contract for the acquisition by Indonesia of 42 latest-generation Rafale aircraft, at a ceremony held today in Jakarta.

The Rafale acquisition for the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (Indonesian National Army Air Force) includes a complete turnkey solution, with a comprehensive package that covers aircrew training, logistical support for several Indonesian air bases, and a training center with two full-mission simulators.

The Rafale’s unique “omnirole” capability will provide Indonesia with a tool for sovereignty and operational independence, reinforcing its role as a major regional power.

Indonesian industry will benefit from a substantial industrial return, not only in the aeronautical sector, but also in all the other major areas of cooperation relating to the broad portfolio of dual technologies mastered by Dassault Aviation and its industrial partners, Safran Aircraft Engines and Thales.

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