According to the Indonesian newspaper Kompas, the Ministry of Defense stated in a written statement that out of the fighter jets purchased from Qatar, 9 are single-seat and 3 are two-seat aircraft.
The statement mentioned that a $792 million agreement was reached with Qatar for the Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets, and it was stated that the delivery of the aircraft would take place within 24 months.
While the news article highlights criticism of acquiring used fighter jets, Ministry Spokesperson Edwin Adrian Sumantha responded to these criticisms by stating, “The Indonesian Air Force needs quickly deliverable fighter jets to ensure the readiness of its fleet for combat.”
It is stated that the Indonesian Air Force plans to use the acquired fighter jets for training purposes.
Indonesia has long been planning to modernize its fighter aircraft and strengthen its Air Force.
Furthermore, it is reported that Indonesia’s plans to replace its F-5 Tiger fighter jets with Russian-made Su-35 aircraft were hindered by U.S. sanctions against Russia.