TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo said his side planned to procure the latest series of C-130J Hercules aircraft being produced by Lockheed Martin. He argued that the jet procurement program will significantly improve the capabilities of the national air force.
“With the C-130 J type aircraft, I believe the Air Force will be able to significantly increase its capabilities, especially in air transport operations,” said Fadjar in a press release on Thursday, September 9.
Fadjar made the statement during his visit to the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland, United States.
The C-130 Hercules jet, he added, had become the backbone of the country's Air Force and had been involved in almost every military operation, humanitarian aid, and disaster mitigation.
“Moreover, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force's C-130 has an important role particularly in distributing vaccines and various medical equipment throughout Indonesia,” said Fadjar.
During the visit on Tuesday local time, Fadjar along with the Indonesian Air Force officials were informed about the development of the C-130J Hercules aircraft and witnessed the production line, as well as its simulator and training facilities.