C-130H Hercules aircraft

The Australian Government will hand over four ex-Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed Martin-built C-130H Hercules aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force later this year, Indonesian defence ministry spokesman brigadier general Hartind Asrin revealed.

Asrin added that the transfer will be in line with a memorandum of understanding to be signed in February 2012 to seal the aircraft deal, which is estimated to cost $30m. The planning assistant to the Indonesian Air Force chief of staff Rodi Suprasodjo said that the service required 30 units of Hercules aircraft and that the latest addition will bring the existing number to 25. The aircraft, intended to replace the existing ageing C-130B-model aircraft, will be used by the Indonesian Air Force to support troop deployments and perform humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

Additionally, Indonesia operates a number of L-100s and ten F-16A/B aircraft with the Block 15 operational capability upgrade (OCU) standard. The nation is also procuring 24 Lockheed F-16A/B Fighting Falcon jet fighters, which will be upgraded from the Block 25 standard to the Block 32 standard, and six Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK aircraft, in addition to nine NC-295 medium transport aircraft from Airbus Military.

The procurement programmes also include eight Embraer E-314 Super Tucano counter-insurgency aircraft, and 16 KAI T-50 Golden Eagle advanced trainers.

Currently, the RAAF operates new the C-130J Super Hercules and has also procured six C-17 Globemaster II transport aircraft to support its tactical transport capabilities. The C-130H Hercules, incorporating four-blade propellers, features self-protection systems including chaff and flare dispensers and night-vision goggles for tactical operations at night.

Image: The RAAF’s four Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft will be transferred this year to the Indonesian Air Force. Photo: Ian Creek