Russia plans to supply Indonesia with a batch of Su-35 multi-purpose combat fighters. This was announced on Wednesday, July 21, by the press secretary of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Valeria Reshetnikova.
"The project of delivering 11 Su-35 multi-role fighters to Jakarta has attracted the close attention of the world community from the very beginning. It is not surprising that after its signing, the Indonesian side faced active pressure from representatives of individual countries," she told TASS during the MAKS — 2021 air show.
According to her, Jakarta was strongly "recommended" to abandon the project at all possible levels, but Russia still intends to deliver a batch of aircraft.
Reshetnikova also noted that Russia considers Indonesia as one of the key partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
Russia and Indonesia signed a contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 multifunctional fighters in February 2018. Jakarta wanted to receive the first plane by October, and the delivery was to be carried out within two years. However, the implementation of the contact has not yet begun.
In March 2019, Mikhail Petukhov, deputy director of the federal Service for Military-technical cooperation, announced the continuation of cooperation between Russia and Indonesia under the contract for the supply of Su-35 fighters and denied information about Jakarta's rejection of the agreement.
On July 20, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), Dmitry Shugaev, said that Russia had received several applications from foreign customers for the supply of Su-35 multi-purpose fighters. He recalled that modern Russian-made aviation equipment, including the Su-35, has successfully proven itself during the operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria.
On the same day, the MAKS-2021 International Aerospace Salon opened in Zhukovsky, near Moscow. During the presidential screening, on the first day, viewers will be able to see the flights of Ka-226 and Mi-171 helicopters, Su-57 and MiG-35 fighters and an experienced passenger aircraft MS-21-310.