The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) received on 19 December the first three of eight AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters ordered from the United States, according to local media reports.
Indonesian news website detikNews, which published a photograph that same day showing one of the helicopters being unloaded from a US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, reported that the remaining five platforms are to be delivered in 2018.
In January 2015 the US Department of Defense awarded Boeing a USD296 million contract to supply Indonesia with eight AH-64E Apache Guardians. The contract represents the largest US sale of a new military platform to Indonesia since Washington lifted an arms embargo imposed on the Southeast Asian country from the 1990s until 2005.
Lockheed Martin was then contracted to supply the helicopters with fire-control sensors in the form of eight Lot 9 Modernised Target Acquisition Designations/Sight Pilot Night Vision Sensors (M-TADS/PNVS), as well as spares.
The latest development took place a day after Jane’s reported that Boeing had offered to expand industrial co-operation with Indonesia in support of the country’s programme to supply Apache Guardians and CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopters.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta said on 13 December that Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu had met with Boeing’s Regional Sales Executive Yeong-Tae Pak to discuss co-operation on both procurement programmes.
Jane’s understands that the TNI-AD has a requirement for a total of 16 Apaches and that the contract for the initial eight aircraft includes options for the acquisition of an additional batch.