Indonesia considers bartering rubber with Su 35 Program

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering bartering rubber as part of an offset programme that will support its proposed acquisition of Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft from Russia.

Indonesian trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita told reporters in Jakarta on 18 May that the rubber deal was one element of a range of offset activities that were being evaluated by government agencies including his ministry and the country’s attorney general’s office.

“The defence ministry plans to purchase Sukhoi jet fighters and some of [the transaction] will be conducted in the form of barters,” Enggartiasto said.

An official from the Indonesian MoD confirmed to Jane’s on 19 May that the MoD and other agencies were considering a range of options for the Sukhoi programme, including the barter of local commodities, but did not elaborate.