Indonesia Bolsters Defense with Swiss Skyshield
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta- To strengthen Indonesia’s aerospace defense, the Defense Ministry has not only purchased fighter aircrafts, but also skyshields from the Rheinmetall Air Defence factory in Switzerland. The main weaponry system in the Oerlikon Skyshield is a cannon that is integrated with an airbase radar.
"We ordered six units of the Oerlikon Skyshield, it is currently being produced," said head of Defense Facilities at the Defense Ministry, Jr. Adm. Rachmad Lubis yesterday.
These six cannon skysheilds cost a total of US$202 million. However, the nation’s air force must wait quite a while for the Oerlikon Skyshield because it can only be delivered in 2015.