Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has confirmed a plan to buy Hercules C-130 planes and other transport planes from the United States to support the development of its defense architecture.

"In future, Indonesia plans to buy several primary weaponry systems, including Hercules C-130 planes, and other heavy-duty transport planes from the US," Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said, while paying a courtesy call on US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Washington DC, on Tuesday.

In the long run, Indonesia is committed to gradually improving its primary weaponry systems on a self-reliant basis and under a partnership scheme with friendly countries, Ryacudu stated.

"Through the partnership, Indonesia will gradually be able to build defense industry as part of the national strategic industry on its own," he noted.

The former army chief of staff added that Indonesia aimed to not only be able to meet its primary weaponry systems but also to sell them to friendly countries.

At the meeting, the two officials also agreed to enhance defense and military cooperation between the two nations at various levels, including mutual visits by top officials, exchange of staff and command school students, intelligence education, and exchange of strategic information.

"We must maintain and improve the various areas of cooperation in the form of capacity and capability building," he remarked.

In response, Mattis explained that the US is committed to maintaining and improving its defense cooperation with Indonesia, covering exchange of military officials and students, joint exercises, and procurement of primary weaponry systems.

The US is also committed to increasing the quota of Indonesian military officers to attend military education in the US.

Reporting by Rini Utami
Editing by Suharto

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