A French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jet. Photo: AP
A French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jet. Photo: AP
Defence

‘Balancing China’: why Indonesia is on a multibillion-dollar spending spree for US and French fighter jets

  • US$8.1 billion for 42 Dassault Rafales from France, US$13.9 billion for 36 F-15EX fighters from the United States. What’s Indonesia planning – and can it afford it?
  • Jakarta’s need to modernise its forces is made more urgent by China’s maritime claims. But it must convince the public it’s a good use of Covid-battered state coffers

A French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jet. Photo: AP
A French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jet. Photo: AP
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