Indonesian Defence Ministry signs 22 weapon procurement contracts

VNA
Indonesia’s Ministry of Defense has signed 22 contracts with local companies to procure equipment for strategic defense weaponry (alutsista) military construction that totally costs IDR2.1 trillion (US$1.4 billion), Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Indonesian soldiers. (Source: tempo.co)

Indonesian soldiers. (Source: tempo.co)

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu witnessed the signing of the contracts, including 18 alutsista contracts with PT Pindad’s complex in Bandung, West Java, along with other contracts contracts related to construction. 

Besides, contracts on the construction of submarines with PT PAL, Daewoo Shipbuilding, and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd were also inked on this occasion. 

Other contracts include the procurement of infantry fighting vehicles, jatri infantry, small caliber munitions (MKK) (PT Pindad); and nuclear, biology, and chemical special vehicles, explosive taming vehicles, and decon trucks (PT Merpati Wahana Raya).

The contracts for the construction worth IDR106 billion include the continued development and construction of a navy hospital, marines facilities and infrastructure building.

The signing reflects the government’s commitment to procuring defense systems that are more transparent and accountable, the minister said. 

He is hoping that the defense industry can continue to innovate and become an independent and competitive industry that is recognised by the world.

Hopefully, the defense industry can fulfil the alutsista needs in the future, he said.

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