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Indonesia To Receive First Rafale F3R Fighters In 2026

Rafale F3R Yulian Ardiansyah - : Sep 21, 2022 - : 4:17 pm

The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (Kementerian Pertahanan/Kemhan) recently paid around USD1.3 billion to Dassault Aviation for six Rafale F3R jet fighters, French media La Tribune reported on Tuesday (Sept. 20). The payment is for the first installment of the USD8.1 billion contract for 42 of the French-made combat aircraft.

According to local sources, the payment was made earlier this month on 9 September but has yet to be officially announced by Kemhan.

With the contract’s first installment paid, the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) is expecting to receive its first Rafale F3R fighter by the end of 2026, with the sixth aircraft delivered in 2027.

While Indonesia ordered 30 single-seater and 12 dual-seater Rafale F3R jets on 10 February 2022, the limited availability of funds necessitated the contract split into several phases. After the payment for the first phase of six Rafales has been completed, it is expected that the payment for the next phases of the contract will soon follow.

“[…] this will be followed in the near future for 36 more aircraft with support for training in weapons and simulators as needed,” said Prabowo Subianto, Indonesian Defense Minister after the contract signing in February.

It’s currently unknown whether the first six Rafale F3R Indonesia will soon receive are all single-seater or a mix with two-seater versions.

Indonesia is now the seventh export country of the Rafale multirole combat aircraft. The French-made jet fighter previously has been exported to; or under orders from Croatia (12), Egypt (54), Greece (24), India (36), Qatar (36), and the United Arab Emirates/UAE (80).

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