“My ambition is to have an Indonesian Combat Management System and I truly believe that this can be achieved within the next 2 years.”
Daily News caught up with Erik-Jan Raatgerink, President Director, PT. Thales Indonesia, for a quick interview on the sidelines of the first day of Indo Defence.
Edited Excerpts from the Interview:
What is the update on Thales in Indonesia?
Thales has a long history of more than 40 years in Indonesia. We have a very strong position in three areas: Naval combat systems for the Navy, long-range surveillance radars for the air force and in the past 6-7 years, we have consolidated our position in short range air defence with the Star Streak. We have supplied four batteries of vehicles, radars, launchers and radars.
We started with installation and integration in Indonesia initially, but now a fair amount of the contract value is undertaken by PT Len in-country. In the current contract, we are doing the first knowledge transfer for production of a radar, here in Indonesia. Indonesia is the biggest customer for the Starstreak outside the UK.
Please elaborate on your cooperation with local industry?
Back in 2011, we started setting up our first cooperation with local industry, because we knew from our experience in neighbouring countries, that offset laws were being formulated and these were, in-fact implemented in 2014.
We have always been very active with local industry. If you look at naval systems, we have been developing software for Combat Management Systems for the past four years here in Indonesia. This has been a very successful project and software developed for CMS’ here in Indonesia is exported to other countries.
What my ambition is to have an Indonesian Combat Management System and I truly believe that this can be achieved within the next 2 years. We have been investing a lot here and we have a complete software development environment in PT Len.
It is a very costly and time-consuming process and what is being offered is a Thales CMS backbone, while integration of sensors and their software can be fully undertaken here in Indonesia.