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Final Indonesian Block 25 F-16s completed

Photo: Lt Col Beau 'Strap' Wilkins, 514th Flight Test Squadron F-16 test pilot, makes a high speed pass in an Indonesian F-16C Fighting Falcon at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on November 21 during a functional check flight on the aircraft. USAF/Alex R Lloyd

 

Regeneration work on the last six Block 25 F-16C Fighting Falcons for the government of Indonesia has been completed. The work, undertaken at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, took almost five years.

The aircraft have now been delivered as part of the aircraft acquisition and refurbishment agreement approved by the US government. In total, 24 Block 25 F-16Cs and F-16Ds will be delivered to the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, Indonesian Air Force).

The aircraft, formerly flown by US Air Force and Air National Guard units, had been in storage at the Ogden ALC’s 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) located at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.

The jets will depart on a five-day transoceanic flight and will require mid-air refueling and two overnight stops before arriving in Indonesia.

Background to the deal

Indonesian media reports from February 2011 indicated that an offer from the United States of 24 surplus F-16C/D aircraft had been accepted. Grant approval for the supply of the aircraft, via the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme was then given in August 2011, following which a DSCA notification to US Congress was made in November 2011, regarding the proposed supply, regeneration and upgrade of the 24 aircraft.

Prior to delivery, the 1983-to-1985 built F-16s were subjected to rework at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, plus an upgrade to a standard similar to the Common Configuration Implementation Program (CCIP) undertaken on the USAF Block 40/42 aircraft. This includes the Modular Mission Computer MMC-7000A version M-5, Improved Data Modem Link 16, Embedded GPS/INS, AN/ALQ-213 electronic warfare management system, ALR-69 Class IV radar warning receiver and ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser. The aircraft’s AN/APG-68(V) radar is also being upgraded with enhanced capabilities.

Previous deliveries

The first F-16C, plus a pair of F-16Ds, was delivered to Iswahjudi on July 25, 2014, with another two examples following suit on September 27, 2014. One of this latter pair was very probably damaged beyond economical repair on April 16, 2015, when it caught fire following an undercarriage collapse, on takeoff from Jakarta-Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. The pilot managed to escape the aircraft without any injury, but substantial fire damage appears to have been caused as a result of the mishap and discussions regarding the procurement of a replacement aircraft are reportedly taking place.

A further batch of four F-16Cs was delivered to Iswahjudi Air Force Base, in Madiun, East Java, on May 22, 2015, followed by three more of this variant and two more F-16Ds on September 21, 2016. Another three F-16Cs and one F-16D were delivered in March 2017.

Lt Col Beau ‘Strap’ Wilkins puts an Indonesian F-16C into a high-G climb at Hill AFB on November 21 during a functional check flight. This is the 24th F-16 to receive a complete refurbishment at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex as part of a Foreign Military Sales contract with the Indonesian government. USAF/Alex R Lloyd

 

Lt Col Beau ‘Strap’ Wilkins, 514th Flight Test Squadron F-16 test pilot, climbs into the cockpit of an Indonesian F-16C at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on November 21 as he prepares to conduct a functional check flight on the aircraft. This is the 24th F-16 to receive a complete refurbishment at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex as part of a foreign military sales contract with the Indonesian government. USAF/Alex R Lloyd

 

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