Indonesia to acquire 24 Boeing F-15EX fighter aircraft

Indonesian and Boeing delegates with Boeing F15 fighter aircraft in hangar.
Photo Credit: Boeing

Boeing is currently working with the Republic of Indonesia in finalizing the sale of 24 F-15EX advanced fighter aircraft. 

This follows the U.S. government’s approval during a high-official visit to the United States, Indonesia’s Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto. 

The Memorandum of Understanding 

The inking of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), states that Indonesia is committed to purchasing the fighter jet.

The agreement has been signed by Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of Defense Facilities Agency, Indonesia Ministry of Defense, and Mark Sears, Boeing Fighters vice president and program manager. 

The ceremony took place in St. Louis’s Boeing facility following a comprehensive tour of the F-15EX production line.

Minister Subianto who bore witness to the MoU inking on behalf of Indonesia stated: “We are pleased to announce our commitment to procure the critical F-15EX fighter capability for Indonesia.”

The minister furthered:  “This state-of-the-art fighter will protect and secure our nation with its advanced capabilities.”


The F-15IDN 

The twin-engine Boeing F-15EX will be one of the most advanced jets that Indonesia has operated to date. The St. Louis native jet will have digital fly-by-wire flight controls.

With a new electronic warfare system, an all-digital glass cockpit, and the latest mission and software, the F-15EX will be designated as the new F-15IDN. 

Mark Sears added: “We have invested years of expertise into developing the F-15EX capabilities. There is no other fighter like the F-15 in the world, and this platform will put Indonesia at the top of air dominance capabilities.”

Sears furthered on how Boeing is committed to its partners worldwide: “Boeing is ready to support this effort and remains a committed partner to the U.S. government in advancing international security objectives with allies and partners around the world.”

Boeing & Indonesia 

The American aircraft manufacturer and the South East Asian nation have worked hand in hand for over 7 decades. 

Boeing has played a pivotal role in the development of the country, in the realms of supporting and elevating its aerospace capabilities, both commercially and defense. 

With Boeing already existing in Indonesia for 75 years, Boeing has supported small and local Indonesian firms within the supply chain and also embraces education, skills, and technology transfers to local manpower. 

Therefore, the F-15IDN purchase from Indonesia will inevitably strengthen the country’s defense platform and strengthen local manpower. 

F15 and the World 

The F15 is a highly capable machine, operated by seven countries in the world. These seven countries include Singapore, Israel, the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,  South Korea, and Japan. 

Indonesia soon will join the ranks of the seven countries in operating one of the world’s most capable fighter jets in the world. 

The archipelagic country will join Singapore in becoming South East Asia’s second operator, which will inevitably increase the defense and technological capabilities of Indonesia as a whole. 

Indonesia sits in the middle of a highly-contested geopolitical area – thus this purchase is seen as a valuable move. 

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