Government discusses procurement of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets

Government discusses procurement of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets

Sukhoi Su-35S displayed at MAKS (Mezhdunarodnyj Aviatsionno-Kosmicheskij Salon) aviation expo 2019 at Moscow's Zhukovskiy International Airport (ANTARA/Ade P Marboen)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud M. D. held a coordination meeting with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and relevant ministers here on Thursday to discuss a plan to procure Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets.

The other high-ranking officials partaking in the meeting held at the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs were Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, and Naval Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mintoro Yulianto.

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Teuku Faizasyah and Deputy of Presidential Staff Jaleswari Pramodhawardani were also present at the closed-door meeting.

According to the meeting’s agenda from the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, the meeting, which began at 9:30 a.m. local time, discussed latest developments in the procurement of main military armament systems for the 2020-2024 period.

After the meeting, some officials, who had attended the meeting, refused to divulge details on the meeting’s outcome.

The plan to procure other Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets resurfaced after Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto had visited Moscow in late January this year. During the visit, Subianto had met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.

The plan to procure the Russian-made fighter jets has been in place since 2016 when Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held talks with Russian Presidsent Vladimir Putin.

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