Suspected Mark Up of 6 Sukhoi Fighter Jets

Interesting to see whether this case goes anywhere. PDIP lawmaker and Deputy Chair of Commission I for Defence, Tubagus Hasanuddin, has suggested that 6 Sukhoi fighter jets purchased in 2010 may have been marked up to the tune of $50 million.  These quotes from (here):

Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission I, Tubagus Hasanuddin, suspects prices in the government’s procurement of six aircraft types Sukhoi SU-30 MK2 were inflated or marked up.

Tubagus explained that at the end of 2010 the Parliament approved the purchase of six Sukhoi aircraft worth 470 million U.S. dollars from the Russian government. The Russian government, he said, provided state credit of 1 billion U.S. dollars.  […]

Tubagus added, based on the explanation of Rosoboron [the Russian defence export agency], the price of Sukhoi SU-30 MK2 per July 2011 was about $60-70 million per unit. Whereas the price of Sukhoi previously purchased was only $55 million per unit.

If one uses the highest price of 70 [million] dollars, he said, the maximum price is only $420 million for the six units. “The question is why did we have to use PT X as a broker?  Though there are Russian representative office in Jakarta. Why is there a price difference of up to 50 million dollars?” Said Tubagus.

Wakil Ketua Komisi I Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Tubagus Hasanuddin menduga ada penggelembungan harga atau mark up dalam pengadaan enam pesawat tempur jenis Sukhoi SU-30 MK2 oleh pemerintah.

Tubagus menjelaskan, akhir 2010 DPR menyetujui pembelian enam pesawat Sukhoi itu seharga 470 juta dollar AS melalui kerja sama dengan pemerintah Rusia. Pemerintah Rusia, kata dia, menyediakan state credit sebesar 1 miliar dollar AS.  […]

Tubagus menambahkan, berdasarkan penjelasan pihak Rosoboron, harga Sukhoi SU 30-MK2 per Juli 2011 sekitar 60-70 juta dollar AS per unit. Harga Sukhoi yang dibeli sebelumnya hanya 55 juta dollar AS per unit.

Jika memakai harga tertinggi yakni 70 dollar AS, kata dia, maksimal harga hanya 420 juta dollar AS untuk enam unit. “Pertanyaannya mengapa harus menggunakan PT X sebagai broker? Padahal ada perwakilan Rusia di Jakarta. Mengapa ada perbedaan harga sampai 50 juta dollar AS?” kata Tubagus.

 He has suggested that KPK should investigate.  I wonder if they dare?
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