Wednesday, August 12, 2009
U.S. to grant Hercules planes for Indonesia
The United States had offered to grant six type E Hercules cargo planes which would be ready to be sent to Indonesia in 2012, Indonesian Air Force said here Wednesday.
Previously, the U.S. government promised Indonesia six types H and J C-130 Hercules planes. Indonesia had been using C-130Bs since 1960 which had arrived in Indonesia in two stages. In the first stage, Indonesia bought eight C-130Bs and two KC-130Bs (air-refueling capability) from Lochheed.
In the second stage in 1975 after receiving a grant from the United States, Indonesia got three C-130Bs along with T-33A jet trainers and helly S-58T under the Defense Liaison Group (DLG) scheme.
The total of 27 Hercules planes in Indonesia are now in service.