Indonesia mulls Be-200 amphibious aircraft for maritime patrols

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JAKARTA, --  The Indonesian Air Force (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has submitted a request to President Joko Widodo to acquire at least one amphibious jet for the service, TNI-AU Chief of Staff Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Ida Bagus Putu Dunia told local reporters on 22 December.

Upon acquisition, the TNI-AU plans to deploy the aircraft at areas along the country's maritime borders that are prone to foreign vessel incursions.

The air force wants to play a part in the new administration's vision of a 'maritime nation'.

Amphibious aircraft said to be a suitable platform for Indonesia's vast archipelagic waters.

The Beriev Be-200 Altair Russian multipurpose amphibious aircraft.

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