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Seskoau students go on virtual field trip to defense firms

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 14, 2020   /   05:11 pm
Seskoau students go on virtual field trip to defense firms Distance learning: Indonesian Air Force Staff and Command College (Seskoau) student officers attend a virtual event on defense companies at Srutasala Hall of the Seskoau campus in Lembang, West Java, on Wednesday. (Courtesy of/Seskoau)

Student officers at the Indonesian Air Force Staff and Command College (Seskoau) participated in a science and technology event recently to learn about the latest advancements taking place at defense companies in the country and abroad.

The event was held via video conferences at Srutasala Hall on the Seskoau campus in Lembang, West Java, on Wednesday and Thursday under strict health protocol that included body temperature checks for students and physical distancing.

Seskoau commander Air Commodore Samsul Rizal said that, through the virtual event, the student officers were to be presented with information and the transfer of technology, while cooperation with various stakeholders would be increased.

"The student officers can formulate strategic policy to increase the capabilities of the national defense industry toward a developed Indonesian Air Force and achieve excellent human resources," he said in a press statement on Wednesday.

On the first day of the program, the student officers had a discussion with representatives of United States defense company Lockheed Martin on development in avionics and aircraft modernization.

The presentation was delivered by Lockheed principal in Indonesia Hendra Tjoa and regional manager Mario Magana, the organizing committee said in a separate statement.

Lockheed's products in the Indonesian Air Force currently include F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters and C-130 Hercules heavy transport aircraft.

The student officers had discussions with several domestic defense companies on Thursday, such as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) state-owned enterprises PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) and PT Merpati Maintenance Facility (MMF).

GMF was represented by senior vice president M. Arif Faisal, who talked about defense cooperation and the transfer of technology, while MMF was represented by its president director Rowin Mangkoesoebroto, who talked about MRO capabilities in supporting national defense. 

Another state-owned enterprise, electronics maker PT LEN, saw its president commissioner Leonardi talk about integrated technology development during the fourth industrial revolution.

Also attending the event were private defense companies PT Fin Komodo Teknologi, which produces light tactical vehicles for both commercial and defense purposes, and PT Jala Berikat Perkasa, which makes tactical and special purpose vehicles for defense.

Another private defense company at the event was PT Infoglobal Teknologi Semesta, which focuses on military avionics, mission systems, radar integration, the weapons control system and application software.