Indonesia’s Su-27SKM arriving today

Su-27SKM

Russia’s An-124 will deliver two Su-27SKM fighters to Indonesia today and the last will be delivered on Sept. 16, an informed source said on Monday.

The An-124 transport plane is scheduled to deliver two Su fighter jets to the air base in the city of Makassar in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province. The other Su-27SKM plane will be delivered to the same base five days later.

Under a $300 million contract, signed in 2007, Russia is to complete the delivery of three Su-30MK2 and three Su-27SKM fighters to Jakarta by the end of 2010 in addition to two Su-27SK and two Su-30MK fighters purchased in 2003.

The third Su-30MK2 jet was delivered in January.

The planes will be sent to Indonesia earlier than scheduled following a request by the Indonesian military authorities, who would like the aircraft to take part in a military parade dedicated to Armed Forces Day on October 5, the source added.

Indonesia earlier said it needed at least one squadron equipped with 16 Sukhoi fighters to replace part of the outdated fleet of U.S. F-16 fighters.

RIANOVOSTI

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