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Jakarta Post

Commitment to defense autarchy in time of pandemic

  • Aulia Fitri Rosadi and Diandra Megaputri Mengko


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 23, 2020   /  09:27 am
Commitment to defense autarchy in time of pandemic Sticking to his guns: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo examines a rifle produced by state arms maker PT Pindad during his visit to the company’s factory in Bandung, West Java, on Jan. 12, 2015. Pindad is one of the national defense industries that supply the Indonesian Military with weaponry. (JP/Arya Dipa)

Realizing defense autarchy has always been one of the biggest dreams of Indonesia. The country’s road to the goal has been long and winding, and the raging COVID-19 is making the challenge even harder. The struggle to develop national defense industries dates back to launch of the Strategic Industry Management Agency (BPIS), which was established through Presidential Decree No.59/1989. According to the decree, the BPIS was to consolidate the national defense industries for better efficiency and competitiveness in the global market. One of its greatest achievements came when state aircraft maker IPTN (now PT Dirgantara Indonesia) flew the N-250 Gatotkaca aircraft on Aug. 10, 1995. It gave a morale boost to the nation’s quest to produce defense equipment to fulfill the future needs of the Indonesian Military (TNI). The Asia financial crisis in late 1990s, however, deal...

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