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Indonesia bought $400M worth of attack helicopters last week - while we delivered $320M in aid

Boeing sells the Apache AH 64E for about $48M AUD.

This week Indonesia took delivery of 8 of them - not far shy of $400M in one order.

It's a bit galling to know that Australia will send Indonesia about $320M in foreign aid this year - the US gives about half that amount.

But Boeing executives are popping the champagne corks, Indonesia's TNI is thrilled, the US embassy people couldn't be happier - and poor old Australian taxpayers are left shaking their heads.

Here's Indonesia's TNI with their media statement:

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(Puspen TNI). The Army received eight units of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters made in the United States. The acceptance, marked by the handover of AH-64E Apache helicopters symbolically from the Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu to TNI Commander Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, SIP Represented Aslog Commander TNI Laksda TNI Ir. Bambang Nariyono, MM, held in Army Air Force Army Ahmad Yani, Semarang, Central Java, Wednesday (05/16/2010).

Meanwhile, the signing of the news report of the handover of eight Apache units was done by Kemhan RI Kabarahan Laksda TNI Agus Setiadji, SAP, Aslog Commander TNILaksda TNI Ir.Bambang Nariyono, MM, Aslog Kasad Major General Irwan, and Danpuspenerbad Maj. Gen. Stephanus Tri Mulyono witnessed by the Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, General Chief of TNI Mulyono and Deputy Chief of the United States Government Representative. Closing the sequence of acceptance of the eight Apache, was carried out symbolically by Minister of Defense RI, Aslog Commander of TNI and Kasad, by watering flowers to the airframe.

ENDS

The US is doing pretty well out of the deal!

 

And it's hard to resist the comparison between the money we send to Indonesia and the money Indonesia sends to Boeing - who needless to say think Indonesia is just great!


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