Super Hornets for Kuwait
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;