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​Indonesia, Boeing discuss Chinook offsets

Indonesia is in discussions with Boeing about offsets related to a planned acquisition of four CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

Boeing technicians have visited Indonesian Aerospace (also known as Dirgantara Indonesia) in Bandung to discuss potential workshare in the programme, and the company has held talks with defence minister Ryamizard Ryacudu about the deal, according to a defence ministry statement.

“The Ministry of Defence plans to buy four Chinook helicopters to strengthen the air force's capabilities. This purchase can be tailored to the real threats facing Indonesia, especially the problem of natural disasters,” says the ministry.

In February, a previous statement from the ministry revealed that talks for the Chinook are underway.

Ten years ago, in 2005, Jakarta expressed interest in possibly obtaining four examples to bolster its disaster relief capabilities. CH-47Ds operated by Singapore were active in disaster relief operations following the 26 December 2004 tsunami, which laid waste to coastal regions of Indonesia’s Aceh province.

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