The Indonesian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to purchase 24 units of the F-15EX fighter jet.
Boeing said Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, head of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense’s Defense Facilities Agency, and Mark Sears, vice president and program manager for Boeing Fighters, inked the agreement following a visit to observe the combat plane’s production line in St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday.
The deal will now await approval from the U.S. government.
According to Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, the F-15EX fighter has critical capabilities that will help protect and secure his country.
In a statement, Sears stressed Boeing’s commitment to help the U.S. in its efforts to advance its security objectives with its allies around the world. “There is no other fighter like the F-15 in the world, and this platform will put Indonesia at the top of air dominance capabilities,” he said.
The EX is the most advanced of the F-15 fighter aircraft to be built. It features digital flight controls, a new electronic warfare system, an all-glass digital cockpit, and upgraded mission systems and software, Boeing said.
The company noted that seven countries currently operate the F-15.