Indonesia is considering the establishment of joint ventures with India to produce military equipment after defense officials of the two countries met last week, local press said Friday.
Indonesia also is seeking ways to procure tanks, ships and heavy ammunition from India and studying the possibility of using India's maintenance services for war planes it bought from Russia, reported English daily The Jakarta Post
Indian military and defense officials have reviewed Indonesia's defense companies, including PT LEN, PT PAL, PT Pindad and PT Dirgantara, to determine what types of military products the two countries can produce together, the newspaper quoted a government spokesman as saying.
Defense officials from the two countries gathered here last week in the first-ever Joint Defense Cooperation Committee meeting.
"During the joint committee meeting, we talked about how we can cooperate in the military and defense sector, as well as what kind of products and services India can provide for the Indonesian Army, Navy and Air Force," said Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Edy Butar Butar.
"For instance, the Army is considering buying tanks and other heavy ammunition, while the Air Force is studying the possibility (of India) doing maintenance on our Sukhoi planes because the country has a license from Russia to produce the planes."
Edy said it had been determined that letting India do the Sukhoi maintenance would be cheaper than giving the service to Russia.
And, as India has the capacity to build warships, he said, the Navy and PT PAL could cooperate with Indian firms on this.