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Indonesia’s Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, who witnessed the last delivery of Sukhoi Su-30 Mk2 at the air forces’ base, said that the delivery of the last two fighter jets means Indonesia now has a full squadron of 16 Sukhoi Flankers.
Russian aviation giant Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO), a subsidiary of Sukhoi Aviation Company, began delivering Su-27 SKM and Su-30 Mk2 aircraft in unassembled form in 2003, and followed up with more deliveries in 2009 and 2010.
The contract includes providing ammunitions, pilot training and logistic assistance.
Purnomo said that Russian technicians will be on hand to help their Indonesian counterparts assemble the Su-30 MK2 aircraft – a six-day procedure – and monitor the first flight tests.
Russian manufacturers of combat and commercial aviation have been expanding their exports in recent years.
In August, the Russian Aircraft Corporation, maker of the MiG fighter aircraft, announced at the 2013 Moscow’s International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) show that it will establish a servicing centre for its jets in India, one of Moscow’s largest weapons purchasers, as part of $43-million contract.
Russian Aviation companies signed contracts worth over $12 billion during the first two days of the MAKS.