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    Vice President: Indonesia Should be Independent In Defence


    BANDUNG (21/1) - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) asserted that Indonesia should be independent in defence field. It was stated in a working visit to PT. Persero Pindad in Bandung, Wednesday (20/1).

    According to JK, one of independence efforts in the field of defence is to continue increasing to use local content in defence equipment.

    "We will continue to seek an increase using of local content in our defence equipment components. As long as it can be made in our country, so that we don’t have to import,” he said.

    JK appreciates the steps have been made PT. Pindad who has produced Rhinos Armoured vehicle with a local content more than 80%.

    “For this armoured vehicle, we only imported the engine merely, the other parts were all made here. I appreciated it, hopefully next the engine can also be our own,” said JK.

    Indonesian Defence Ministry has ordered 50 units of Rhinos Armoured vehicle from PT. Pindad to complete the army equipment.

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