Tension between the Indonesian Defence Minister, Service Chiefs and Armed Forces Commander has risen due to the current AW101 situation. In November 2015, the Indonesian Air Force requested a contract for three AW101 VVIP helicopters. This request was denied by President Joko Widodo, as the cost for one alone would amount to $55 million.
The Air Force sent in a request for just one AW101, but requested to have it adapted for military use instead of VVIP. This request was also denied by the previous Indonesian Military Chief, General Gatot Nurmantyo and Defence Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu.
Despite this, the helicopter was delivered earlier this month. Defence News reports that this means the purchase went through “unknown intermediaries.” They hope to uncover how this happened and whether any laws were broken in doing so.
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