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Indonesia Plans to Buy Super Tucano Fighters

28 January 2010

The Indonesian Air Force plans to buy 16 Brazilian-made Super Tucano jet fighters to upgrade its fleet.

The new light attack and observation jet planes would replace the existing over 30-year-old OV-10 Bronco aircraft, according to the Jakarta Post.

The purchase is part of the air force's plans to upgrade its weaponry systems and is subject to the government's approval for funds.

The price of the planes has not been disclosed.

Equipped with an advanced laser inertial navigation and attack system, a GPS and a traffic alerting and collision avoidance system (TCAS), the Super Tucano includes integrated weapon system.

The aircraft also includes the SAFIRE thermal imaging system from FLIR, which allows the aircraft to carry out night surveillance and attack missions.

Powered by a PT6A-68A turboprop engine developing 969kW, the aircraft can cruise at a maximum speed of 560km/h.