The Jakarta Globe, October 5, 2013.
At a celebration to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Indonesia’s military, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised to provide better weapons and equipment in upcoming months and years.
“In the near future, by the end of next year, and then continuously in the following years, our primary weaponry defense system [Alutsista] will be significantly improved,” he said at the event, which was held at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in East Jakarta.
Yudhoyono said he would invest in tanks, armored personnel carriers, air defense missiles, antitank missiles, helicopters and ammunition.
He also said he would provide the navy with new warships and amphibious vehicles, and he promised to obtain new aircraft for the air force, including search and rescue helicopters, Lockeed Hercules C130 H transport planes, Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano fighers and 24 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters.
“All of this should be accompanied with the effort to increase the skill, readiness and toughness of our soldiers, who will use more complete, sophisticated and modern weapons systems,” he said.
Yudhoyono said the government would develop the domestic defense industry to the point that it could cooperate with other countries to produce high quality weapons for the Indonesian military.
“Not long from now, some national industries will independently provide the needed defense systems, including weapons, ammunition, communications devices, medical equipments, war vehicles, war ship, helicopters and war planes,” he said.
( Allemachies, which war are they preparing for? Konfrontasi Malaysia take two? Or perhaps to chase the Papuans outof their pendeks, uhh penisgourds, with all this new ironware? Nah I know.., new toys for the boys, what do you say? siK.