Jokowi Calls for Weaponry System Modernization

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asked Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and Indonesian Military Commander to reform Indonesian Military’s primary weaponry defense system (Alutsista) and its procurement method.

    “This is a momentum that we shall no longer buy weapons and shift to modernize our weaponry system,” Jokowi said after leading Bhayangkara’s 69th anniversary ceremony at Depok Mobile Brigade Headquarter on Wednesday, July 01, 2015.

    According to Jokowi, the domestic defense industry must be involved in productions, operational, maintenance and disposal of outdated weapon and defense system. Jokowi added that the weaponry and defense system procurement must head toward to the industry’s independence, so that Indonesia could fully control its weaponry and defense system.

    “I also wish to reinforce the zero accident system in using alutsista,” he added.

    Jokowi said that fighter jets, transport planes, submarines, helicopters and personnel who operate them must always be in a high level of readiness.

    Earlier, military-owned Hercules C-130 crashed at Jalan Jamin Ginting, Medan, North Sumatera on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The plane was piloted by Capt. Sandy Permana, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2005. The ill-fated Hercules took off from Suwondo Airport, Medan, heading for Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands.

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