Indonesia has reportedly been covertly negotiating the purchase of a dozen Mirage 2000-5EDA aircraft from Qatar, with the agreement of France.
Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s defense minister, announced the country would purchase Mirage 2000 jets during a speech at the Grand Reunion of Retired Indonesian Warriors (PPIR) at the Jogja Expo Center (JEC), Yogyakarta on May 3, 2023.
"We have signed a contract to acquire the most advanced combat aircraft, the Rafale. We will also acquire Mirage 2000 aircraft. Then we also hope that soon, we will be able to complete the acquisition contract for F-15s for our air force," Prabowo said last month.
Jakarta has signed a contract to procure 6 Rafales and has reportedly prepared a budget for adding 18 units of the second batch of Rafales and the third batch with 42 aircraft. It has also received approval from the U.S. Congress to acquire 36 F-15EX jets. Indonesia plans to use Mirage 2000 aircraft for training purposes.
Défense Conseil International (DCI), a French private company based in Qatar, is assisting in transferring these aircraft to Indonesia. The agreement was drafted by Dubai-based E-Systems Solutions, as per reports.
Financing for the purchase of the fighter jets was carried out by a Czech company called Excalibur International, a subsidiary of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) arms company.