A top lawmaker says the crash of Russian airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 will not affect plans to procure six Sukhoi Su-30 MKK jetfighters, worth S$500 million, to complete the Air Force’s Sukhoi squadron.
“The discussion to purchase the aircrafts is still ongoing. But don’t think the recent Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash will affect ongoing deliberations because the plane that crashed was different to the planes marked for procurement by the Air Force,” House Commission I chair Mahfudz Shiddiq of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) said on Thursday.
He added that discussions were nearly finished and that both the House and the government only needed to complete administrative requirements.
Echoing his colleague, Commission I deputy chair Hayono Isman from the Democratic Party said that the plane crash could have happened to any airline manufacturer, and that Indonesia should improve safety procedures within its aviation industry.
“What happened to the Sukhoi Superjet 100 could have happened to any airliner. Since it’s a matter of safety standards, the accident will not influence our decision to approve the government’s proposal to purchase the Sukhoi Su-30 MKKs. We are now only waiting for the planes to arrive as we have already paid for them,” Hayono said.
Contacted separately, Commission I deputy chair TB Hasanuddin from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said that the procurement of Sukhoi Su-30 MKKs was an attempt to modernise Indonesia’s primary weapons defense system (Alutsista).
“Nothing will change in regards to the procurement of Sukhoi Su-30 MKKs. The crashed Sukhoi airliner was for commercial purposes, while the ones we procured are for the military. And remember, the accident could have been due to poor technology, or weather conditions, or human error; advanced aviation standard procedure,” he said.