On the 77th anniversary of the Indonesian National Military Air Force (IdAF), F-16 and Su-30 fighters were unveiled together, demonstrating the diversity and power of its air fleet.
F-16 and Su-30 on the runway
At the Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in East Jakarta, F-16 and Su-30 fighters were shown side by side on the airstrip. The captured photo reveals the huge difference in size between the two aircraft, with the Su-30MK2 being almost twice the size of the F-16.
In addition to these two models, the IdAF also has five Sukhoi Su-27SKM units, which are also larger than the F-16 and T-50 Golden Eagle, among other aircraft.
The Su-30MK2 possesses characteristics superior to the F-16 in terms of speed, flight ceiling, length of stay in flight, and the mass of man-portable weapons.
Indonesian Air Fleet Expansion
Due to pressure from Washington, Indonesia plans to increase its air fleet by acquiring French Dassault Rafale fighters instead of Russian Su-35s. However, the country collaborates with South Korea on the KF-21 Boramae program, a 4.5-5 generation fighter.
Indonesia’s share in the KF-21 Boramae program is nearly $500 million. Despite rumors of its withdrawal from the program, Jakarta resumed payments in November 2022. If Indonesia meets its financial commitments, it will participate with 10% of the total in the KF-21 Boramae fighter.
Comparison between the Su-30 and F-16
The size of the Su-30, with 62 m² of wing area, is twice that of the F-16. Furthermore, the Su-30 has an empty weight of 17,000 kg, equivalent to that of a World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber!
Some experts suggest that if the Su-30MK2 were a single-engine fighter, its size would be similar to or close to that of the American F-16.
On the IdAF’s 77th anniversary, F-16 and Su-30 fighters were displayed together, highlighting the diversity and power of its air fleet. Indonesia plans to augment its fleet with Dassault Rafale fighters and participate in the KF-21 Boramae program with South Korea.