Indonesia has made a down-payment to acquire 18 Dassault Rafale jets, a contract for which was signed in April 2022.
With this, Indonesia’s order has officially entered the Dassault Aviation’s backlog for Rafale jets, French publication LaTribune reported.
Jakarta has freed up $1.3 billion for the Rafale aircraft. It has agreed to buy 42 of these France-made jets.
“We will bring Rafale fighters from France,” Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto announced on Wednesday at Halim Perdanakusuma air base.
A new tranche of 18 Rafale is due to come into effect soon, as per unconfirmed reports.