by Abu Hanifah
JAKARTA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has received the last delivery of Sukhoi fighter jets it ordered from a Russian producer, thus turning its Sukhoi Flanker air superiority fighter jet fleet into one full squadron.
The delivery of the last two Su-30 Mk2 planes took place on Wednesday in Indonesian air forces base of Hasanuddin, located in the capital city of South Sulawesi province, Makassar where the air forces' 11th squadron wing 5 is based.
Those two fighter jets were delivered in unassembled forms, transported by Antonov 124-100 from Russian city of Khabarovsk and made a stopover in the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino Manila airport.
With the last delivery of the Su-30 Mk2, Indonesia now has one full squadron of Flanker air superiority fighter jet fleet that consists of 16 Su-27 SKM and Su-30 Mk2 planes. Those planes were produced by Russian aviation industry of KNAPO (Komsomolsk-na Amure Aircraft Production Association).
Delivery of Sukhoi's Flankers fighter jet planes to Indonesia initially commenced in 2003, followed by further deliveries in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Indonesia's Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, who witnessed the last delivery of Sukhoi Su-30 Mk2 at the air forces' base, said that the nation has spent a total of 1.17 billion U.S. dollars to buy all of those 16 planes as well as on ammunitions, pilot training programs and logistic.
Purnomo said that funds to finance the procurement of those planes were allocated from state budget and foreign loans. According to Purnomo, procurement of those planes were conducted in different batch of contracts at different prices.
"Price in the initial procurement period was expensive. Due to technical specification of the plane, the prices have been different from time to time. We have been transparent in disclosing both the number of the procured planes and the prices," the minister was quoted by local media as saying.
Since the last batch of Su-30 Mk2 planes were delivered in unassembled form, it takes a week to assemble the planes into ready-to-fly form and six more days of waiting before their first flight tests be conducted, the Hasanuddin air forces base spokesperson Major Sus Mulyadi said.
He added that the assembling of those planes would be jointly conducted by Russian and Indonesian technicians at the air forces base's technical squadron facility.
All of those Sukhoi Flanker fighter jets would be stationed in Indonesian air forces' 11th air squadron in Makassar under the codename "The Thunders."
Indonesia saw deliveries of other military planes designated for pilot training and light attack purposes in the last few weeks. Those planes, including Grob G120 TP-A and T 50 Golden Eagle planes, arrived at two of Indonesian air forces bases in Java.
Those planes were ordered from Germany and South Korea with deliveries of one full squadron for each type of the plane expected to take place this year and next year respectively.
The nation now is also expecting the delivery of 24 F-16 used fighter jets provided by the U.S. government as a grant to Indonesia. The air forces also expect delivery of four C130 Hercules military cargo planes granted by Australian government.