Boeing AH-64D Apache (photo : Militaryphotos)
US Agrees to Sell
8 Apache Helicopters Indonesia
(Reuters) - The
said on Thursday it will sell Indonesia
eight AH-64/D Apache helicopters to strengthen security ties with the largest
country in Southeast Asia and the world's most
populous Muslim-majority nation.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking during a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in
, said Congress had been notified
of the intent to sell the aircraft. Washington
"This agreement will strengthen our comprehensive partnership and help enhance security across the region,"
President Barack Obama's administration has sought to buttress defense ties with
as it refocuses its attention toward the Asia-Pacific following long years of
war in Iraq and . Afghanistan
has stepped up military cooperation with traditional allies such as the Philippines and Australia,
and joined regional efforts to press China
to accept a multilateral framework for solving flaring territorial disputes in
the South China Sea.
last year announced it was giving Indonesia
two dozen second-hand F-16 fighter planes, with covering the estimated $750 million
needed to refurbish the late-model fighters and overhaul their engines. Jakarta
The announcement of the helicopter sale came as
wound up the third regular U.S.-Indonesia joint commission meeting, with both
saying that ties between the two countries had grown stronger. Clinton
Clinton, who visited
this month as part of an Asia-Pacific tour, said trade topped $26 billion last
year and that the would invest $600 million over the next
five years in Indonesian clean energy development, child health and nutrition
programs and government transparency initiatives under its Millennium Challenge
aid program. United
"We are very grateful for not only the cooperation and the protection that has been provided to our facilities, but also for the strong statements condemning violence,"