The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is targeting Qatar as a new export market for military weapon products, a diplomat said on Friday.
The Indonesian Embassy in Qatar’s minister counselor, Boy Dharmawan, said a Qatari Armed Forces delegation planned to visit Indonesia in the near future to discuss the possibility of buying military weapons produced by Indonesia.
Qatar’s intention was delivered during a meeting between Qatar Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center head Brig. Gen, Hamad Mohammed Al Marri and Indonesian Ambassador Muhammad Basri Sidehabi in Doha.
“Qatar is diversifying its military arsenal supplies and there is a chance for Indonesia to compete with other developing countries [to win the market],” Boy said, adding that until now, Qatar not only imported weapons from Western countries but also from developing countries such as Pakistan and Turkey.
Qatar has imported textile for military uniforms from Indonesia.
Boy said Hamad had learned that Indonesia’s military weaponry products from state-owned land systems and weapon maker PT Pindad, aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia and shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia had been exported to ASEAN as well as to African regions.
He said the Qatar delegation would learn about Indonesia’s strategic primary weaponry system and the weaponry industry during its visit.
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