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Jokowi must prove commitment to domestic defense industry

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2020   /  01:00 am
This handout image released courtesy of the US Department of Defense (DOD) shows airmen from the U.S. Air Force's Crisis Response Group board a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from the Navy's USS Bataan at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, on September 4, 2019, in support of Foreign Disaster Relief efforts in The Bahamas The death toll from Hurricane Dorian rose to 20 on Wednesday, Bahamian Minister of Health Duane Sands said, quoted by local and US media, as rescuers plucked victims from the wreckage.(Agence France Presse/Technical Sgt. Lionel Castellano / DoD / AFP)

Indonesia’s bid to modernize its military’s primary weapons system (alutsista), both to replace aging weaponry and keep up with regional dynamics, took a new turn last week. Early on Tuesday, the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) made a surprise announcement that the US State Department had approved the sale of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to Indonesia, as well as the corresponding systems, spare parts and training. The deal is worth approximately US$2 billion. The DSCA’s announcement means that Indonesia had formally sent a request sometime in the past, although it is unclear when or for which service or unit. The announcement came not long after Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto visited Moscow on June 23. Prabowo held talks with Russian Defense Deputy Minister Alexander Formin and attended the Victory Day parade, which ...