More than most militaries, Indonesia’s needs domestic airlift. The country, extending 5,120 km (3,180 mi.) from east to west and 1,760 km from north to south, is divided among 17,000 islands. If the air force’s plans come off, its fixed- and rotary-wing transportation units will step up to significantly larger sizes through the introduction of Leonardo AW101 helicopters and Airbus A400M airlifters. Funding for the A400M and especially the AW101 remain problematic, however. ...

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