Indonesia to pay less for joint fighter jet after S.Korea tax exemption

Indonesia will be exempt from paying value-added tax on its portion of a joint fighter jet development project, South Korea's defense procurement agency said on Monday, saving Jakarta around 100 billion won ($84.85 million). Under revised calculations, Indonesia will have to pay 1.6 trillion won ($1.35 billion) of the 8.1 trillion-won project, an official with South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) told reporters.


Reuters | Updated: 15-11-2021 15:20 IST | Created: 15-11-2021 14:56 IST
Indonesia to pay less for joint fighter jet after S.Korea tax exemption
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Indonesia will be exempt from paying value-added tax on its portion of a joint fighter jet development project, South Korea's defense procurement agency said on Monday, saving Jakarta around 100 billion won ($84.85 million).

Under revised calculations, Indonesia will have to pay 1.6 trillion won ($1.35 billion) of the 8.1 trillion-won project, an official with South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) told reporters. Classifying the fighter jets as defense goods exempts them from value-added taxes and lowered overall costs of the program by 500 billion won, the official said.

"We've pushed for the designation since 2014 ... and belatedly received approval, which resulted in the saving of 500 billion won of total expenses," the official said. The next-generation KF-21 fighter jet developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in a project partially backed by Indonesia is designed to be a cheaper, less-stealthy alternative to the U.S.-built F-35, on which South Korea relies.

In 2018 Indonesia sought to renegotiate to take pressure off its foreign exchange reserves and later offered to pay its share of the cost in the form of barter. The two sides agreed last week that Indonesia would keep its pledge to shoulder 20% of the development cost, including making in-kind payments for 30% of its share, DAPA said in a statement at the time.

The official on Monday said that the agreement stands. KAI said last month the KF-21 is on track to meet its deadlines. Ground testing is being conducted this year, with the first flights expected in 2022. ($1 = 1,178.6100 won)

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