Indonesia and India mulled to conduct joint military exercises in a bid to beef up military men's capacity of both countries, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said Monday.
Wirajuda made the statement after his country's Vice President Jusuf Kalla meeting with the visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee at vice presidential office.
"On defense, our priority is to make efforts to beef up our capacity buildings through joint exercises and cooperation in technology of defense," he said.
Wirajuda also said both countries are possible to have a joint production of military equipment.
"It is not impossible that we will go the cooperation one day," he said. The two countries have strategic partnership under which areas are identified for enhancing cooperation for mutual benefit.
Last week, Indian delegation was engaged in discussion with Indonesian defense ministry and visited defense industries in West Java province, including the production of aircraft, ships and weapons.
The indian side expressed the possibilities of joint production in defense sector.
Indonesia sees India had superiority on the production of radar, electronic and cannon.
In January 2001, the governments of Indonesian and India agreed to cooperate on defense activities.
In the wake of the United States' lifting ban on sales of military equipment to Indonesian armed forces recently, Indonesia seeks possibilities to diversify the source of its weaponry.
The U.S. imposed the ban due to the poor human rights record of the Indonesian military before and after the referendum in Timor Leste in 1999.
Indonesia has allocated one billion U.S. dollars for purchasing military weaponry for the next five years.