JakartaPost citing Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported that Indonesian defence minister Prabowo Subianto had sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to purchase the country’s entire fleet of 15 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets.
According to reports, the letter was dated July 10 and arrived at the Austrian Defense Ministry late last week, Die Presse reported. The Austrian Defense Ministry, however, declined to comment on the Indonesian offer, the newspaper said.
“As I was always impressed by European technologies and know-how, I would kindly ask your support for the following proposal, which hopefully leads to a mutual benefit for our two countries,” the Indonesian defence minister reportedly wrote in the letter.
There has been no official confirmation from the Defense Ministry on the factuality of the communique, though it is compatible with Die Presse’s report. The Indonesian minister was referring to information he received from someone named WD Grosse that Austria had acquired 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jets in 2002.
“To achieve my target of modernizing the Indonesian Air Force, I would, therefore, like to propose to enter into official deliberation with you, your Excellency, on purchasing all 15 Eurofighter Typhoons from Austria for the Air Force of the Republic of Indonesia,” Prabowo reported had written.
Die Presse, however, said that selling Eurofighter Typhoons to Indonesia would be complex, as it needed approval from the four countries i.e. Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.