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Discourse: Technology transfer a must in RI arms purchases

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, February 28 2012   /  08:00 am

The government’s plan to buy 100 used Leopard tanks has sparked debate within the House of Representatives, but apparently the show must go on as part of the country’s long overdue modernization of defense equipment. Deputy Minister of Defense Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin provided The Jakarta Post’s Novan Iman Santosa, Dwi Atmanta and Imanuddin Razak with a broader picture of the issues of primary weaponry system modernization.

Question: What is the latest update on negotiations to purchase second-hand Leopard tanks after the Dutch parliament opposed the plan?

Answer: Procurement of arms is not an instant process. There are some parameters of purchasing arms, such as defense, the challenge of potential revolution, military affairs and budget capabilities.

Regarding modernization of primary weapons systems, the three forces in the Indonesian Military (TNI) plan their n...