Indonesia will purchase eight Boeing-made (NYSE: BA) Apache helicopters and Longbow radars from the U.S. under a $500 million foreign military sales agreement, the American Forces Press Service reported Sunday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes the sale also includes pilot training and help to develop tactical strategies for security missions in Southeast Asia.
“Helping ensure the region’s security and prosperity is a goal the United States strongly shares, ” Hagel said Sunday, according to
Hagel announced the deal while in Indonesia as part of a four-nation tour in Asia, Pellerin reports.
“The strong and enduring security partnership that has been built between the United States and Indonesia is a relationship the United States greatly values, ” Hagel added.
Both countries’ military forces have jointly launched a collaborative defense planning development program and plan to organize joint counterterrorism drills in Southeast Asia next month, AFPS reports.
Hagel noted President Barack Obama intends to visit Indonesia this October.