Defence & Security News - Indonesia
|Wednesday, September 25, 2013 05:17 PM|
|Indonesia takes delivery of first Leopard 2A4 tanks and Marder armoured vehicles from Germany.|
The Indonesian Army has had its new primary weapons defense system expanded after receiving four German-manufactured tanks, namely two Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks and two Marder tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicles. “Two Leopard tanks and two Marder infantry fighting vehicles have arrived,” said Army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Budiman in Jakarta on Monday, September 23, 2013, as quoted by tempo.co.
The four combat vehicles arrived at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Sunday morning, and are being refurbished and prepared for operations.
Budiman said he was happy with the arrival of the four combat vehicles, which would be used to strengthen Indonesia’s artillery capacity.
“All the tanks purchased are fully functional,” said Budiman.
The Army, he said, now not only had combat tanks but also tanks that offered special functions, such as excavating, bulldozing and minesweeping, as well as support facilities for detachments of army engineers.
The shipping of the German-made was initially scheduled to take place in October. Now, however, the Army plans to exhibit and involve the four tanks in celebrations to mark the 68th anniversary of the Indonesian Military (TNI) on Oct. 5.
The purchase agreement was accompanied by a technology transfer agreement signed by state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad and the Army’s central workshop in November 2012. Under the agreement, all staff will receive maintenance and improvement trainings.
Indonesia has never
before had sophisticated heavy tanks. All this time, the Army has depended
on light combat tanks, such as the British-manufactured Scorpion,
the AMX-13 and AMX-10P tanks, which were manufactured during the 1940s
The Marder is a German-made Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) developed and designed by the Company Rheinmetall Land System.
The first production Marder 1 was handed to the German army on 7 May 1971. Production of the vehicle continued until 1975, with 2,136 vehicles being completed.
Primary armament of Marder is the 20 mm Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh202 autocannon mounted in the small two-man turret which can fire either armour-piercing or HE rounds. Mounted coaxially to the left of the cannon is a 7.62 mm MG3 machine gun.
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