“I read the document sent to the Ministry of Defense from BAPPENAS (National Development Planning Agency). The acquisition of the Su-35 has already been approved by the Minister of Defense, ”Supriatna told reporters.
The Defense Ministry offered the government to evaluate two options: the Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper "Viper") fighter and the Su-35. Other aircraft were not considered. “The choice was made in favor of the Su-35 due to the advancement of its technology and proximity in type to the Su-30MK2 fighters in service with the Indonesian Air Force,” the commander in chief said.
“Based on the calculations of the existing budget, we can only buy 12 Su-35. But I am pleased with the decision, ”he added.
The government allocated $ 3,1 billion for the purchase of aircraft