JAKARTA (Agencies): Indonesia has withdrawn from a contract to procure the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s (QEAF’s) combined force of 12 Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft.

On 15 June 2023 the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced a EUR733 million (USD787 million) contract for the 12 aircraft. However, on 11 February 2024 Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, spokesperson for Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, said in a statement that the procurement had been paused.

“The purchase plan for the Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets is temporarily postponed due to fiscal limitations in Indonesia,” Dahnil said, according to local media reports.

Deputy Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Muhammad Herindra (retd) clarified on 12 February that the planned procurement of the 12 Mirage 2000-5s had been “cancelled … due to fiscal or budgetary constraints”.

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