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Indonesia grows muscles as arms manufacturer

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, December 22, 2019   /  04:24 pm
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State-owned weapons maker PT Pindad workers prepare the Harimau medium tank during the Indo Defense Expo 2018 at the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

While modernizing its weaponry system, the country’s defense industry has become a competitive producer of weapons and military vehicles, as seen in the surge of exports.     Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded growth in defense equipment exports in January-September, an increase of 500 percent to US$ 479,500 from the same period in 2018. The main export destinations for weapons and ammunition were South Africa, Belgium and Japan. The country also exports combat vehicles to various countries, recording an increase of 38 percent to US$ 1.07 billion during the first nine months of the year. The main destinations for the combat vehicles were the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. In his first two months serving as defense minister, Prabowo Subianto has toured countries and received visits from his counterparts, during which he has actively m...