Sukhoi Su-27SKM Passes Flight Tests At Indonesia

All three Su-27SKMfighters delivered to Indonesia by Russia earlier this month havesuccessfully passed flight tests at an airbase in the South Sulawesiprovince, a source at the base said on Wednesday.

The planes weredelivered to Indonesia as the final part of an August 2007 $300 milliondeal for six of the Sukhoi fighters. That agreement followed on fromthe 2003 purchase by Indonesia of four fighter jets from Russia.

Indonesia's AirForce chief of staff Marshal Imam Sufaat said on Friday his countryplanned to buy six more Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia, the JakartaPost reported.
"The existing squadron of 10 Sukhois is insufficient for our vast air space," Imam told the Antara news agency.
He said the purchases had already been approved by the country's president, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

However he addedthat while the purchases would be on the Defense Ministry's long-termagenda, he was not sure when the deal would go ahead.

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