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Jakarta Post

Is there a future for the country’s defense industry?

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung/Surabaya/Malang   /   Tue, December 13 2011   /  09:30 am

Showing off shooters: An employee of state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad shows off assault rifles produced by the company’s plant in Bandung, West Java. Following the financial crisis, the company has run into financial problems, leading to a mass exodus of its employees. JP/Hasyim Widhiarto Three state-owned companies in the defense industry are running low on manpower as budget constraints have hampered their ability to hire new talent and develop new research.

With most of its company employees being older than 40, company executives at ship maker PT PAL Indonesia, weapons manufacturer PT Pindad and aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia said they were concerned about their respective companies’ futures.

PT PAL’s director for human resources and general affairs Sewoko Kartanegara said the company now employed 1,400 workers, far lower than the 6,000 i...