Indonesia Ministry of Defence Orders two Airbus A400Ms

Date: Issue 111 - December 2021

The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft in multi-role tanker and transport configuration. The contract, which will become effective in 2022, will bring the total number of A400M operators to ten nations. The agreement includes a complete maintenance and training support package. A Letter of Intent was also signed for the future acquisition of four additional A400M aircraft.

Capable of operating from rough and short runways, the A400M will strengthen the Indonesian Air Force’s airlift capabilities to rapidly respond to any crisis, demonstrated in the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the country in 2018. The A400M was the first large airlifter able to deliver heavy loads like fuel trucks and excavators as well as food, clothes, and medical supplies using a damaged and short runway in Palu (Central Sulawesi, Indonesia).