Govt to purchase submarines
The government says it will purchase at least two submarines this year.
“We hope that we can execute [the plan] this year,” Defense Ministry’s Chief of Defense Facilities Division Vice Admiral Susilo said Friday as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com.
He said the ministry was processing offers on the submarines from several countries, but declined to elaborate on the countries' names.
“There are plenty of offers. We announced the specifications needed and they were the ones making the offers,” Susilo said.
Currently Indonesia only has two submarines. Despite the need for more, Susilo said the purchasing process needed to be adjusted to the budget due to the equipment’s high prices.
He cited a Scorpen submarine bought by Malaysia from France that cost around EU 550 million or more than US$700 million.
Although the deal might be settled this year, the construction of the submarines would take five years to finish.