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    Indonesia Intends to Buy From Russia 8 Su-35 Fighters

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    Indonesia intends to purchase from Russia eight new Su-35 multirole air superiority fighters, later their number could increase to 16, Indonesia's ambassador to Russia Mohamad Wahid Supriyadi told Sputnik in an interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia and Indonesia have been negotiating over the past two years the supply of a batch of Su-35 modern fighters. As Rostec State Corporation Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department Viktor Kladov earlier told Sputnik, Moscow and Jakarta had reached principled decisions on the purchase of the aircraft.

    Su-35 is a multi-purpose super-maneuverable fighter of the 4++ generation, equipped with thrust-vectoring engines, ensuring the aircraft’s superiority over other jets of the same type.

    "We only have in plans the purchase of eight aircraft so far, however, possibly, with time, we will increase their number to 16. We already have one squadron of Russian Su-25s," Supriyadi said.

    He added that the Russian-Indonesian talks on Su-35 supplies are in their final stage, with ‘technical moments’ being coordinated.

    Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita expressed hope for prompt completion of talks with the Russian side on the purchase of Su-35 fighters.

    "[The final agreement will be ready] as soon as possible, cross your fingers. There are some documents that have to be finalized for both countries, the seller and the buyer. And also some technical details that both of them have to solve to finalize. It depends on Russia and also the minister of Defense. Only technical details [are left to solve], it's done already actually," Lukita told reporters at a Russian-Indonesian business forum in Moscow.

    Russia and Indonesia have been negotiating over the past two years the supply of a batch of Su-35 modern fighters. As Rostec State Corporation Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department Viktor Kladov earlier told Sputnik, Moscow and Jakarta had reached principled decisions on the purchase of the aircraft.

    Jakarta is also thoroughly considering the purchase of Russian air defense systems, but the country does not plan on acquiring S-300 or S-400 air defense systems in the near future, Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi added.

    "We have not yet considered the possibility of purchasing these particular systems, but our Defense Ministry is really interested in acquiring new technologies. Russian air defense systems are the focus of our interest, but I cannot say anything particular about these systems [S-300, S-400]," the ambassador said.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo agreed in May 2016 to strengthen the defense industry cooperation between their countries.

    In June, Russia's Rostec state corporation finalized a contract on the delivery of Su-35 multirole fighters to Indonesia. CEO of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev told Sputnik in July that the sides were in talks over providing loans to Jakarta for the delivery of the jets.

    The S-300 is Russia's long range surface-to-air missile system, developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles. The S-400 is the next-generation of air defense system with three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range.

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    S-300 air defense system, Su-35, S-400, Rosoboronexport, Rostec, Russia, Indonesia
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