Wednesday, February 13, 2013

So Black Hawk Purchase Alternative to Apache

Features original purchase Black Hawk helicopter United States as a viable alternative if Apache heli price negotiation impasse. If estimates of the major weapons systems tercukupi tools, heli purchase plan is targeted raid in 2014 finished ahead.

"(Purchase Black Hawk) is still the plan from below (TNI AD)," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, Brigadier General Bambang Tycoon, told Tempo, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. He says, the price of the Apache heli indeed very expensive. "Up until now are still in negotiations," he said.

Purchase eight units Heli previous 64D Apache Longbow AH already get approval from the U.S. Congress. However, the purchase of Apache or Black Hawk admittedly still terkendala estimates. "If enough hopefully estimates can be achieved," said Bambang.

Price per unit Apache heli itself is estimated to reach U.S. $ 40 million or around Rp 385 billion. Ministry of Defence and TNI previous AD has signed a contract provision heli heli assault and attack with PT Dirgantara Indonesia. The contracts were valued at U.S. $ 90 million and U.S. $ 170 million.

Previously, the Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo expressed interest in buying 20 Black Hawk helicopter unit. "If permitted and no funds, we will order 20 units from the United States," he said, in Banda Aceh, yesterday.

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