Indo Defence 2016: Saab and Lockheed Martin talk up fighter aircraft prospects for Indonesia
Jon Grevatt, Jakarta - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
04 November 2016
Saab and Lockheed Martin promoted their two respective single-engine fighter aircraft at the Indo Defence 2016 exhibition in Jakarta on 3 November, with strong emphasis on the benefits of industrial collaboration.
Lockheed Martin is offering the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) its F-16V Fighting Falcon while Saab has positioned its JAS 39 Gripen to meet a requirement to replace the service's ageing Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters.
The Eurofighter Typhoon, Sukhoi's Su-35, and the Dassault Rafale are also thought to be competing for the USD1.5 billion contract to supply an initial 16 aircraft to the TNI-AU, although the profile of these aircraft at Indo Defence has been lower key.
Original post: janes.com
The only planes within the allocated budget of $1.5 billion would be the Su-35 and JAS 39 Gripen.
It’s highly likely as stated by Indonesia that the Su-35 would be the preferred fighter.