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UPDATED: 13:57, February 09, 2007
Indonesia likely to buy Hawk aircraft from UK
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Indonesia is likely to buy Hawk jet fighters from England but the decision depends on budget availability, a local newspaper reported Friday.

Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said the purchase would depend on the Air Force's assessment of the aircraft's technical specifications and whether it is within the budget range, reported The Jakarta Post.

"It is up to TNI head Air Chief Marshall Djoko Suyanto and Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshall Herman Prayitno to determine whether the airplane will still be reliable in 10 years time," the minister was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Juwono said the Hawk was three times more expensive than aircraft from other countries.

Indonesia already has a number of the aircraft, which are manufactured by BAE Systems, in both the one-seater, lightweight multi-role version and the two-seater advanced training version.

Since beginning service with the Royal Air Force in 1976, over 800 Hawk aircraft have been delivered worldwide. Besides Indonesia, other countries using the aircraft include the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States and Zimbabwe.

Source: Xinhua

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