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National scene: House support plans to buy Russian submarine

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30, 2015   /  05:18 pm

The government'€™s plan to purchase Kilo-class submarines from Russia has received support from the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs.

According to the commission'€™s member Sukamta, the Indonesian Military (TNI) had proposed a budget of Rp 37 trillion (US$2.51 billion) and an additional budget allocation of Rp 14.5 trillion for the Navy (TNI AL), larger than the budget allocations for the Army (TNI AD) and the Air Force (TNI AU).

'€œIndonesia is a maritime country, since around 70 percent of its territory is oceanic, so sea security must be prioritized,'€ said Sukamta on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Sukamta said the submarine was currently the most sophisticated of its kind.

'€œIt'€™s similar to the Sukhoi SU-35 aircraft, which the Air Force wanted to have,'€ said Sukamta.

He then referred to the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) that would be faced by Indonesia as well as the potential for conflict in the South China Sea.

'€œ[Increasingly] our maritime defense and security is becoming a priority,'€ said Sukamta.