Jakarta announced that Indonesia intends to buy 10 Su-35 Flanker-E supermaneuverable multirole fighters, according to Indonesia’s Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. Indonesia is getting ready to buy the Su-35 with armament and avionics systems and chose the aircraft over the F-16V and the Eurofighter.
“The purchase of the fighters must be done smartly, starting with a few, as purchasing everything at once means it will be delivered five or ten years down the line anyway,” Ryacudu said, as quoted by the Kompas daily newspaper.”
In September 2015, Ryacudu announced that Jakarta has shopped for new fighter aircraft to replace its old Northrop F-5 Tiger II fighters. Last January, Ryacudu planned to visit Russia in April to discuss further details on the procurement of the fighters. However, the minister might schedule this visit as early as late February of March to further discuss the matters.
The Indonesian air force’s fighters fleet is comprised of Su-27SK/SKM and Su-30MKK/MK2 aircraft, as well as F-16A/C Fighting Falcon.
The Su-35 is a 4++ generation heavily upgraded version of the Su-27 multirole fighter and has been developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Company between 2003-2008.
Capable of reaching speed of Mach 2.25 (2,390 km/h) with a service ceiling of 59,100 ft, the Su-35 is a formidable fighter. It has 12 hard points and a 30 mm GSh-301 internal cannon with 150 rounds.
It was first introduced at the Paris Air Show in 2013. Its cost is estimated between $40 to $65 million.
The Russian Su-35 in Syria
Russia began combat mission in Syria with the Su-35 earlier this month. The Su-35S provide air superiority and protect Su-24 bombers against possible threats. It will also support the Syrian Army during ground operations by providing tactical strikes as it can drop guided bombs.
- KAB-500L laser-guided bomb
- KAB-1500L laser-guided bomb
- FAB-250 250-kilogram (550 lb) unguided bombs
- FAB-500 500-kilogram (1,100 lb) unguided bombs