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TNI AU and technology parity awareness

  • Haryo B. Rahmadi
    Haryo B. Rahmadi

    Lectures on defense management and economics at the Indonesian Defense University

Sentul, Bogor   /   Thu, May 4, 2017   /  01:19 pm
TNI AU and technology parity awareness In a busy assembly hangar of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) stands a new light transport airplane. (JP/Marguerite Afra Sapiie)

If we look through the macro lens, the development of jet fighters is moving at a speed nearly comparable to the advancement of smartphones. The Cold War legacy, which was marked by size, speed and destructive power, has been gradually replaced by more maneuverable, smarter and more efficient capabilities; packed in a multirole platform corresponding to wider duty calls. This way, quantity builds up and arms races become irrelevant. For Indonesia today, the concept that should prevail is “technology parity” or having the latest technology coupled with a better man behind the gun. Indonesia recognized this call 71 years ago, when it established the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU). Our visionary founding fathers were aware of the need to have a separate air force less than a year after independence. It even came a year earlier than the United States, which only decided to t...

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