Russia had to postpone the delivery of 11 Indonesia Su-35 fighter jets because of the threat of US sanctions under the CAATSA law.
Indonesia signed a contract for the Su-35 squadron in February, becoming the second foreign customer of this type of fighter (the first export agreement for 24 vehicles worth over $ 2 billion was signed in November 2015 with China). Negotiations with Jakarta with varying degrees of intensity lasted for three years: in 2015, the Indonesian military directly stated that they had direct instructions from President Joko Widodo to purchase the Su-35 to replace outdated F-5 Tiger fighter jets that had been in service for more than 40 years and had completely exhausted the actual your resource. First of all, the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia planned to replace the machines that are in service with the 14th squadron of the country’s air force at the Iswahyudi air force base (Madiun, Java). Local media clarified
Restrictive measures that the United States is prepared to introduce within the framework of the Law on Countering the Opponents of the United States through Sanctions (CAATSA) have affected the delivery times of Indonesia to Russian Su-35 fighters.
The situation is unpleasant, but not critical. We are in constant contact with our Indonesian partners, looking for ways out of the situation.
In Jakarta, the first of 11 cars was expected to arrive in October, but the US did not give Indonesia guarantees not to apply restrictive measures. The Russian side also has difficulties: when implementing the contract, it was planned to use a credit scheme, funds for which would be allocated by one of the commercial banks. But this is fraught with grave consequences for him, since in the United States they regard this loan as cooperation with Rosoboronexport and impose sanctions against the bank.
It was planned that the delivery of Su-35 aircraft to the customer should be completed within two years from the moment of signing the contract in two stages (eight and three aircraft, respectively). At the same time, the Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Vahid Supriyadi said that the countries would like to receive the first aircraft of the Air Force by October.