Indonesia ready to purchase 50 Marder 1A3 armoured infantry fighting vehicle from Germany 1809124
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Defense News - Indonesia
|Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 08:23 PM|
|Indonesia ready to purchase 50 Marder 1A3 armoured infantry fighting vehicle from Germany.|
After the purchase plan of 103 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks from Germany, the Indonesian Defense Ministry on Thursday, September 13, 2012, stated that it would buy another 50 Marder 1A3 tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicles and 10 supporting tanks from the same country by September.
German Marder 1A3 armoured infantry fighting vehicle
Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. (ret) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin of Indonesia and his entourage from the ministry received the German charge d'affaires, Heeidrun Tempel, to talk about the details of the procurement at the ministry on Thursday.
“The tank producer, Rheinmetall, will be in Indonesia in the fourth week of September to finalize and sign the purchase deal,” Sjafrie said on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Sjafrie said Rheinmetall had prepared the first shipment of the Leopard tanks.
The ministry had previously requested that the shipment reach it before Oct. 5, hoping to exhibit them at a ceremony celebrating the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) anniversary. However, several administration and logistic barriers between the parties mean the tanks will be available only for the 2012 Indo Defense exhibition in November.
A high-level committee (HLC) led by Sjafrie will also visit the manufacturing companies in Frankfurt, Germany, next week to observe the process.
The Marder tank is said to be a reference to the country's effort to manufacture its own tanks in the future.