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Indonesia offered U.S. fighter jets

Nov. 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM

JAKARTA, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The head of the Indonesian military said the country may not be able to afford 24 surplus U.S. military jets.

Adm. Agus Suhartono said that even though the United States has offered to donate the two squadrons of F-16 A/B jets, Indonesia must consider the cost of maintaining them, Antara News reported.

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the offer of the used jets is still being considered. Another possibility is upgrading the jets already in Indonesia's military fleet.

The Obama administration ended an embargo of military aid to Indonesia this summer. The embargo was imposed a decade ago because of human rights violations in Timor-Leste.

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