Indonesia will buy 42 Rafale jets from France. This information has been given by French Defense Minister Florence Parly from his Twitter page. In the Indo-Pacific region, Indonesia will be the second country after India to have state-of-the-art fighter jets like Rafale.
Florence has said that the strengthening of defense ties between Indonesia and France will benefit our strategic partnership. He has also told that Indonesia is cooperating with France in the field of submarines, although he did not give any details about this.
Recently the Philippines bought a BrahMos missile from India
The Philippines, another country in the southeast, has recently approved the purchase of BrahMos missiles from India. The Philippines is the first country to purchase the BrahMos missile system. On 28 January 2022, both sides signed the BrahMos deal.
Preparing to surround China in the South China Sea
Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines, have been troubled by China’s growing grandeur in the South China Sea. Recently, South East Asian countries are determined to respond to China. Five countries – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia have spoken of forming an alliance together. This alliance is to answer the aggressor China in the South China Sea. In such a situation, countries like the Philippines will be stronger with missiles like BrahMos, and countries like Indonesia will be stronger than fighter jets like Rafale.