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Friday, April 17, 2015

Europe offers Typhoon fighters to Indonesia, promises local assembly

Eurofighter TyphoonEuropean consortium Eurofighter GmbH has offered its Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters to Indonesia with the promise that a final assembly facility would be set up in the Southeast Asian country if Jakarta chooses the warplane.

As Indonesia plans a replacement of its existing fighter-jet fleet, delegates from Eurofighter arrived in Jakarta over the weekend to begin a series of demonstrations aimed at underlining the full scope of the offer from the four-nation consortium, the company said on April 16.

While emphasising that choosing the Typhoons will provide Indonesia the opportunity to build and maintain a genuine indigenous capability, Joe Parker, Export Director for Eurofighter GmbH, based in Munich, Germany, said: "Rapidly deployable and reliable maritime protection is a fundamental requirement for this nation of islands and no other aircraft of this type can fly longer, faster and higher than ours when fully-loaded.

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