Indonesia cleared to buy eight MV-22 Osprey worths $2 billion

Indonesia was cleared to spend an estimated $2 billion to buy eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft. Also included are 24 AE 1107C Rolls-Royce engines; 20 each of the AN/AAQ-27 forward-Looking infrared radars, AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems and AN/APR-39 radar warning receivers; and 20 each of the M-240-D 7.64mm machine guns and GAU-21 machine guns, among other gear.

The potential sale is announced at a time when the U.S. is seeking to beef up both its presence and the capabilities of partner nations in the Pacific in order to blunt Chinese interests in the region. This is the first DSCA notification of an arms sale to Indonesia since at least September 2017.

The Government of Indonesia has requested to buy eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft. Also included are twenty-four AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engines; twenty AN/AAQ-27 Forward-Looking InfraRed Radars; twenty AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems; twenty AN/APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers; twenty AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems; twenty AN/APX-117 Identification Friend or Foe Systems (IFF); twenty AN/APN-194 Radar Altimeters; twenty AN/ARN-147 VHF Omni­Directional Range (VOR) Instrument Landing System (ILS) Beacon Navigation Systems; forty ARC-210 629F-23 Multi-Band Radios (Non-COMSEC); twenty AN/ASN-163 Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers (MAGR); twenty AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems; twenty (20) Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS II); twenty M-240-D 7.64mm Machine Guns; twenty GAU-21 Machine Guns; Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS) with unique planning components.

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Primary work will be done by Bell Textron in Amarillo, Texas, and Boeing in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability, and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region. It is vital to U.S. national interest to assist Indonesia in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability,” the DSCA notification read, adding the sale will “enhance Indonesia’s humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities and support amphibious operations.”

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