Only half of the Indonesian air force is in a serviceable state.
Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Herman Prayitno said in Pontianak, West Kalimantan on the 27th that of the country's 250 war planes only half were fully operational, due to the difficulties Indonesia faces in procuring spare parts for military aircraft. Most of the spare parts shortages are experienced with planes manufactured in the United States.
Hawk Mk53 & Hawk Mk209.
Speaking at the Supadio air force base in Pontianak Prayitno said the United States used tight procedures for the purchase of spare parts needed by the Indonesian Air Force. To obtain parts Indonesia had to make a commitment that it would not resell the parts to other parties which are seen as threatening United States' interests, whether directly or indirectly. Bulk purchases could not be made, he said, each piece had to be approved, one by one.
With increased funding from the government, and the gradual replacement of old planes with craft from China, Russia, Brazil or the Czech Republic, Prayitno hopes that by 2009 75% of the fleet will be in a "serviceable" state.
The Indonesian Air Force has 21 squadrons stationed at these air bases.
The Air Force currently plans to obtain a loan of $1 billion from the Australian government to be used for the purchase of six Russian made Sukhoi fighters, the aircraft to be based at Hasanuddin air base in Makassar, South Sulawesi. antara
March 2nd 2007.
The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) denied the report that the planned purchase of six more Sukhoi jet fighters will use Australian loans, but instead said that the money will be borrowed from the Russian government. antara