US sells Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia

Apache attack helicopterThe US has agreed for the first time to sell its new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia, a US defense official confirmed on august 26.

The deal is worth $500 million, including radar, training and maintenance. Indonesia will purchase eight new Apache helicopters, made by Boeing. The deal was announced during a visit by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is on a tour of South East Asia, in Jakarta.

“Providing Indonesia these world-class helicopters is an example of our commitment to help build Indonesia’s military capability,” Hagel said in a statement.

The deal will help Indonesia respond to “a range of contingencies including counter-piracy operations and maritime awareness”, the statement said.

The US has recently stepped up its diplomatic efforts in East Asia in order to establish a strong presence there in the face of advances by China, correspondents say.

The US froze defense cooperation and arms sales to Indonesia over concerns about abuses during President Suharto’s three-decade rule, which ended in 1998. Military ties were only restored in 2005.  Under Suharto, the army’s special forces were accused of extrajudicial killings, and the helicopter sale comes despite continued concern about the military’s rights record. For example, The Dutch parliament last year rejected a proposed sale of tanks to Indonesia, its former colony, over human rights concerns.



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The US has agreed for the first time to sell its new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia, a US defense official confirmed on august 26. The deal is worth $500 million, including radar, training and maintenance. Indonesia will purchase eight new Apache helicopters, made by Boeing. The deal was announced during a visit by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is on a tour of South East Asia, in Jakarta. "Providing Indonesia these world-class helicopters is an example of our commitment to help build Indonesia's military capability," Hagel said in a statement. The deal will help Indonesia respond to...

Apache attack helicopterThe US has agreed for the first time to sell its new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia, a US defense official confirmed on august 26.

The deal is worth $500 million, including radar, training and maintenance. Indonesia will purchase eight new Apache helicopters, made by Boeing. The deal was announced during a visit by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is on a tour of South East Asia, in Jakarta.

“Providing Indonesia these world-class helicopters is an example of our commitment to help build Indonesia’s military capability,” Hagel said in a statement.

The deal will help Indonesia respond to “a range of contingencies including counter-piracy operations and maritime awareness”, the statement said.

The US has recently stepped up its diplomatic efforts in East Asia in order to establish a strong presence there in the face of advances by China, correspondents say.

The US froze defense cooperation and arms sales to Indonesia over concerns about abuses during President Suharto’s three-decade rule, which ended in 1998. Military ties were only restored in 2005.  Under Suharto, the army’s special forces were accused of extrajudicial killings, and the helicopter sale comes despite continued concern about the military’s rights record. For example, The Dutch parliament last year rejected a proposed sale of tanks to Indonesia, its former colony, over human rights concerns.



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