Indonesia has placed an order for two Airbus Defence & Space A400M tactical transports, with the potential to obtain four additional examples.

The contract will become effective in 2022, and will bring the total number of A400M operators to 10, says Airbus.

The deal includes training and support. In addition, Jakarta has signed a letter of intent for the future acquisition of four additional units.

The company has not provided a value for the deal. The aircraft will be delivered in a multirole tanker and transport configuration.

“This new order will further expand the A400M footprint in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Airbus Defence & Space chief executive Michael Schoellhorn.

“The A400M offers outstanding capabilities to Indonesia, providing its air force with the perfect platform to deliver large and heavy loads into remote areas and multiplying its airpower projection thanks to reliable aerial refuelling capabilities.”

The sale will see Indonesia become the second Asia-Pacific operator of the four-engined type, following Malaysia, which has four examples.

Source: Airbus

Indonesia orders the A400M

A potential Indonesian A400M deal has been discussed for several years. Price, apparently, gave Jakarta some reticence about moving forward.

In 2018, the country’s state-owned Indonesia Trading Company even proposed operating a pair of A400Ms to ferry goods between western and eastern Indonesia, with the Indonesian air force to provide flight crews.

And, in March 2017, Airbus signed a signed a letter of intent with an Indonesian company related to Jakarta’s possible purchase of the A400M. This was with Pelita Air Services, which represents a consortium of state-owned companies involved in aerospace.

Made on 18 November, the A400M announcement follows Jakarta’s order in September for five Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports.

Cirium fleets data indicates that Indonesia has 24 legacy C-130s in its inventory, comprising six C-130Bs, 11 C-130Hs, six C-130H-30s, and one KC-130B.

Collins Aerospace recently announced that it will work with Indonesian Aerospace to upgrade the cockpits of an unspecified number of C-130Hs.