Indonesian military wants more Black Hawks

The Indonesian military is planning to acquire more firepower, with around $1.5 billion budgeted for missiles and helicopter gunships.

Defence force chief of staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said the plans inclued orders for 24 more Bell helicopters.

He said Indonesia was also negotiating to get another 20 Sikorsky Black Hawks.

Ryamizard Pushing for Indonesian Defense Budget Increase, Citing Shortfall

Jakarta. Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Thursday that the government was committed to boosting the portion of defense spending up to 1.5 percent of Indonesia’s state budget, almost double the current level.

Ryamizard said the Rp 83 trillion ($6.8 billion) allotted this year, although an increase from figures appropriated in previous years, represented only 0.8 percent of the total state budget.

House Ratifies Bilateral Defense Cooperation Bills With China, Germany

Jakarta. Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified two draft bills on bilateral defense cooperation with China and Germany during a plenary meeting on Tuesday (01/03).

As reported by Antara news agency, some 322 lawmakers agreed to ratify the bills, aiming to maintain positive defense ties with the two countries.

Jokowi Spells Out Vision for Indonesia’s “Global Maritime Nexus”

The economic and security conundrum posed by Indonesia’s archipelagic geography is not new. The combination of 17,000 islands with an underfunded navy and poor port infrastructure results in widespread piracy, illegal fishing, and smuggling. The extraordinarily high costs of transporting goods domestically makes it cheaper for Indonesians to consume foreign goods than domestic ones, and makes the nation function more as a collection of weakly integrated economies than as a unified market.

Successive Indonesian leaders have struggled with these economic and security challenges. Indonesia’s new president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, wants to tackle them and embrace Indonesia’s geography as an asset, not a disadvantage. Maritime policy will be a top priority for Jokowi’s first few years in office, which offers the United States and other partners opportunities for cooperation with Indonesia on maritime security.

Indonesia to develop defense systems

Indonesia is set to modernize its primary defense systems (alutsista) in order to strengthen the country's defense capabilities.

In a limited meeting held at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Monday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia’s current defense budget amounted to 1.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), slightly up from previous allocations of 0.89 percent of GDP in 2015 and 0.79 percent in 2014.

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