The Indonesian Air Force has one of the most difficult territories to protect in the world, as the country consists of more than 17,000 islands. Since the infrastructure for protecting their maritime borders and transport junctions was small, the Indonesian air force needed to quickly relocate repair shelters to carry out minor repairs in the fighter fleet.
Many Indonesian islands have usable runways. Due to the limitations of alternative transportation methods, the Indonesian Air Force reuired that repair hangars be transported by air on one S-130 flight and be built quickly. The prerequisite for the project was that these facilities would be ready for deployment within 24 hours, considering the short-term nature of the air force missions on various islands.
In order for the Indonesian Air Force to repair their fighters at remote bases, Aviatech supplied four hangars with large-span gates (17 x 7 meters) with a total area of 620 sqm each. Due to rapid weather changes and sudden strong gusts of wind in the region, the hangars were reinforced with additional load-bearing frames to protect against wind at a speed of up to 50 meters per second. Each object has an integrated automation system for energy-saving and meteorological stations, access to which is carried out remotely.
To increase safety, the hangars are equipped with the most modern LED lamps (250 LUX). An additional multipurpose diesel ground power unit (GPU, 360 kVA) can turn on the power of literally any fighter jet, in addition, it serves as the main base power source.
Each hangar’s standard package includes a backup power supply system that will keep the hangars inflated during power outages.
About the customer
When choosing shelters for aircraft, our main problem was the corrosion and mobility of the shelter. Most products available on the market have metal frames, bolts, nuts. In our climate, these elements begin to corrode immediately. Moreover, these elements are heavy and take up a lot of space. All this makes it difficult to quickly move the structures of the metal frame with the base. We are quite satisfied with inflatable hangars, they meet all our requirements and are simple in everyday use
The Indonesian Air Force, headquartered outside of Jakarta, consists of three operational commands. Although most of their airbases are located on the island of Java, they have more than 30 additional airbases located on different islands.
The Indonesian Air Force has more than 37,000 people and operates more than 110 combat aircraft, including the SU-27 and SU-30 as the main fighters, which are complemented by F-16 combat falcons (USA).