Under the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) strategic plan that began in 2009, Indonesia was supposed to operate 180 fighters by 2024. More than halfway through the 15 years allowed for the plan, the air force can barely field a quarter of that number.  Proposals to buy the latest version of the Sukhoi Flanker, the Su-35S, seem to be endlessly discussed but never concluded. Indonesian participation in the South Korean KF-X fighter project is going forward, but development is running later ...

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