Indonesian Army inducts Apaches

The Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Darat (Indonesian Army or TNI-AD) formally accepted eight Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters during a ceremony on May 16, 2018, according to the country’s Antara news agency.

The first of the eight Apaches ordered by the Indonesian government had previously been delivered to Semarang, on the island of Java, by a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III in December 2017.

The formal handover ceremony took place on the TNI-AD base at Ahmad Yani airport in Semarang, in the presence of Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and Erin Elizabeth McKee from the US Embassy in Jakarta.

Speaking at the event, Erin McKee said: “We hope that the procurement of Apache helicopters by the Indonesian armed forces would support the commitment of both countries [the US and Indonesia] to realise stability, peace and security in the region.” Nigel Pittaway