Indonesia said it needs aircraft capable of hauling more water and flying farther, to put out forest fires which cause the haze that has been spreading throughout the region.
The country’s disaster management agency, BNPB, yesterday on October 6 said it is open to assistance from neighbours Singapore and Malaysia in acquiring larger water-bombers such as the Russian-made Beriev Be-200 or the CL-245 from Canada.
This came after talks to land those aircraft from the Russians and Canadians stalled in recent weeks.
“If Singapore or Malaysia have better access, they are welcome to help bring such aircraft here because Indonesia needs them,” said BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. “Any other country is also welcome to help.”