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Russia to help Indonesia design new combat vehicles


13:34, November 13, 2012

MOSCOW, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russia is ready to assist Indonesia in designing a new tank, Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Monday.

"Indonesia is interested in designing a new light tank. Of course, we could help," Nikolai Dimidyuk, Rosoboronexport's director for special affairs, told local media.

The first step, according to Dimidyuk, would be to hold a gathering of designers from the two countries in the South Urals city of Kurgan, whose Kurganmashzavod machinery plant is expected to be the site of related construction and designing works.

"Building of the armored vehicles is not a simple business," Interfax news agency quoted Dimidyuk as saying.

In May, Indonesia bought 37 Russian BMP-3F infantry combat floating vehicles for 114 million U.S. dollars. Last week, Russian combat vehicle designers took part in an international defense fair held in Jakarta.

Rosoboronexport, part of the Russian Technologies State Corporation, is the sole state intermediary agency responsible for importing and exporting defense and dual-use products, technologies and services. The arms corporation cooperates with more than 70 countries.
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