Su­per Hor­nets for Kuwait

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Delfednce News -

With com­pe­ti­tion un­der­way to re­place the ob­so­les­cent F-5E/F Tiger IIs of the In­done­sian Air Force (TNI-AU), In­done­sian Air Chief of Staff Mar­shal Agus Supri­atna has stated that there are sev­eral can­di­dates for the Tiger’s re­place­ment: the Sukhoi Su35, Lock­heed Martin F-16 Fight­ing Fal­con, Saab JAS39 Gripen, Das­sault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon. Ac­cord­ing to re­li­able re­ports, Saab has reaf­firmed its of­fer of 14 Gripen C/Ds plus two Glob­aleyes, the lat­ter us­ing the Bom­bardier 6000 plat­form and Eri­eye ER (ex­tended range) radar sys­tem. “The first Gripen for In­done­sia could be de­liv­ered within 18 months of con­tract sig­na­ture.” Saab is also of­fer­ing In­done­sia the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop the Gripen’s soft­ware up­grade as part of the pro­posed tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, while a ten-year ex­port credit fa­cil­ity could be made avail­able, if re­quested.

Kuwait will buy 40 F/A-18E/F Su­per Hor­nets through a For­eign Mil­i­tary Sale at an es­ti­mated cost of $10.1 bil­lion, in­clud­ing sup­port, equip­ment and train­ing. The US De­fence Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (DSCA) has no­ti­fied Congress of this pos­si­ble sale. The re­quest is for 32 sin­gle-seat F/A-18Es and eight twin-seat F/A18Fs, plus eight spare F414-GE-400 en­gines and 24 en­gine mod­ules;

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