Indonesian army to transform its primary weapon systems in collaboration with local universities 300


Defence & Security News - Indonesia

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 08:28 AM
Indonesian army to transform its primary weapon systems in collaboration with local universities.
The Indonesian Army is planning to transform its primary weapons defense system through increased collaboration with local universities and homegrown military industries. Army chief of staff Gen. Budiman said that the plan, which will cover 2015 through 2019, had been approved by the government and the House of Representatives.

Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Army Chief of Staff, General Budiman

“We have stated in our work plan submitted to the House that more funds in our budget will be allocated for the weapons system,” he said at a press conference following the unveiling of a speedboat from the project at Ancol Beach in North Jakarta on Tuesday.

Budiman said upgrading the weapons system was greatly important as the trend in battle and warfare was to rely more on higher-speed, more accurate and better-measured weaponry.

Budiman said the House approved a total budget of Rp 36 trillion (US$3.09 billion) for the Army this year. A large portion of the budget, 72 percent, will go toward salaries. Around 17-18 percent is allocated for operations and maintenance and 9 percent for weaponry and equipment.

“We are using the 9 percent, which means around Rp 3.5 trillion, to fund the weapons system and all research needed for that,” he said.

To prevent graft and wasteful spending in the modernization program, Budiman said he had asked generals and high-ranking officers in the Army to sign an integrity pact to ensure that all procurement and research programs for the weapons system would be transparent and efficient.

Also in the pipeline are programs to build laser guns, remote weapon systems, UAV/Super Drone, Integrated Optronic Defense System, Gyrocopter, Multi Rotor and Flapping Bird.

Many sophisticated equipment are under development by the Army and its contractors as the nanosatellite, which can be used for land-imaging and monitoring. “We plan to export more of our locally made weapons and equipment, but currently we are focusing on research and improving capability,” Budiman said.