Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla expressed hope that implementation of the annual defense industry exhibition, Indo Defense 2018 Expo and Forum, would improve the quality of the Indonesian Military`s Main Weaponry Systems (Alutsista).

With technological developments in the manufacture of defense equipment, on display at Indo Defense, Vice President Kalla is optimistic that each participating country would exchange knowledge for the development of defense equipment.

"A country is always ready for war but must be prepared to face all the worst possibilities. Hence, today, we will see and certainly know what is needed today and what is the comparison," Vice President Kalla stated in his opening remarks at Indo Defense 2018 in JIExpo Kemayoran Jakarta on Wednesday.

With research capabilities in the military field, the vice president urged the Indonesian military to capitalize on the technological developments to improve the defense and security system in the country.

"The internet, for instance, is used for military research that has become something very useful for everyone today. Hence, the capability of the industry and also defense research of a country is useful for the progress of society," he stated.

The eighth Indo Defense 2018 Expo and Forum has also become an arena for Indonesia`s defense diplomacy to enhance world peace and prosperity.

Participants in the Indo Defense 2018 were 867 defense equipment industry companies from 60 countries, including Australia, Greece, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Several foreign companies present at Indo Defense 2018 comprise Rheinmetal, Nexter, Reutech, Turkish Aerospace Industry, Inc., Polish Armament group, and SVOS.

The defense equipment exhibition lasts for four days from Wednesday to Saturday and features live demonstrations twice a day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. West Indonesia Standard Time.

Reporting by Fransiska Ninditya

Editing by Itniel Tamindael

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