Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Wednesday opened the 8th Indo Defence 2018 Expo & Forum, an international defense industry exhibition held at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

"The exhibition will offer us choices, new knowledge, and an understanding on how a country can benefit from the technology for its defense and security," Kalla stated at the opening of the four-day exhibition.

Vice President Kalla noted that since defense and security are crucial for a country, armed forces were necessary.

"Since a country needs defense and security, it should have armed forces. Since it has armed forces, it would need weapons and adequate equipment," he stated.

Indonesia can practice its diplomacy in defense during the 8th Indo Defence 2018 Expo in a bid to create world peace and prosperity.

As many as 867 weapons defense companies from 60 countries, including Australia, Greece, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, and Japan, participated in the exhibition.

The foreign companies comprise Rheinmetal, Nexter, Reutech, Turkish Aerospace Industri, Inc, Polish Armanent group, and SVOS.

Reporting by Fransiska Ninditya

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