Australia and Indonesia signed a Memorandum of
Sale for five C-130H Hercules
transport aircraft, Defence Minister Stephen
Smith and his Indonesian counterpart Purnomo
announced in a statement on Friday.
This offer was in addition to the four C-130H aircraft that
Australia is currently in the process of transferring to Indonesia.
Speaking at a press
conference in Perth, West Australia, Stephen Smith said the sale of these
additional aircraft and associated equipment reflects the strength of the
bilateral relations between Australia and Indonesia, and the close ties between
their defence forces.
Smith said that during his visit to Jakarta in
April this year, the Australian government reiterated its willingness to sell
five C-130H aircraft, along with a simulator and spare parts, to Indonesia at a
"The sale of a
further five C-130H transport aircraft will further enhance Indonesia's
capacity to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis," he
said. "Australia is pleased to continue to assist the development of
Indonesia's airlift capability, which will support humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief operations," he added.
The Memorandum of
Sale was signed by Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Hurley, and Indonesia’s Head of Defence Facilities Agency, Rear Admiral Lubis.