The signing of the 22 contracts, including 18 alutsista contracts and seven contracts related to construction, was witnessed directly by Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. The contracts also included the signing of the construction of submarines in cooperation with PT PAL, Daewoo Shipbuilding, and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.
“This signing also reflects the government’s commitment to procuring defense systems that are more transparent and accountable,” he said during his speech.
The other contracts include the procurement of infantry fighting vehicles, jatri infantry, small caliber munitions (MKK) (PT Pindad); and nuclear, biology, and chemical special vehicles, explosive taming vehicles, and decon trucks (PT Merpati Wahana Raya).
The seven contracts for the construction worth Rp106 billion include the continued development and construction of the Dr. Komang Makes Belawan Lantamal I navy hospital, marines facilities and infrastructure building; and the Indonesian air force mess in Budi Kemuliaan street, Jakarta.
The minister is hoping that the defense industry can continue to innovate and become an independent and competitive industry that is recognized by the world.
“Hopefully, the defense industry can fulfill the alutsista needs in the future,” he said.
The Chairman of PT Pindad, Abraham Mose, expressed his appreciation over the signing, which was a mark of the government's support to the national defense industry.
Mose said that the signing was the fastest and largest one involving state-owned enterprises (BUMN) and private companies. EDITED BY INE