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Indonesia Formalizes DEFEND ID Holding Company

Defend ID Yulian Ardiansyah - : Apr 21, 2022 - : 5:54 pm

The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has officially launched “Defence Industry Indonesia”, shortened as “DEFEND ID”, as a holding company consisting of five Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the defense sector in Surabaya, East Java on Wednesday (Apr. 20).

The company is formed to consolidate the Indonesian defense SOEs to build a strong and modern defense industry ecosystem and to support the development of the Indonesian domestic defense Industries.

“We must realize the independence of the defense industry together, we cannot do it separately. We have to strengthen the industry, (and) we also have to build the ecosystem, so that it grows and develops further,” said Jokowi at the event. “Therefore, I appreciate the formation of the state-owned defense industry holding company, called DEFEND ID, which I have been waiting and pursuing for a long time,” he added.

The Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto who was also attending the event has expressed his hopes that DEFEND ID will increase its usage of domestic components to 50% for key technologies and become the world’s 50th largest industry in the defense industry by 2024.

“With the existence of DEFEND ID, (we) hope that it can be a solution to accelerate the independence of the Indonesian defense industry to meet (our) domestic defense equipment needs, in terms of human resources and the quantity as well as the quality of technology,” he said.

As part of the official launch ceremony, the Indonesian president has also witnessed six cooperation agreement signings between DEFEND ID, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense, and two global partners. These are:

  1. The signing of the Radar GCI (Ground-controlled Interception) cooperation contract between PT Len Industri and the Defense Facilities Agency (Baranahan) of the Ministry of Defense,
  2. The signing of the cooperation between PT Pindad and the Baranahan regarding the production of small-caliber munitions,
  3. The signing of the cooperation on the modernization of 12 units of C130 aircraft between PT Dirgantara Indonesia and the Ministry of Defense,
  4. The signing of cooperation on capacity building and modernization of 41 Indonesian Navy warships between PT PAL Indonesia and the Ministry of Defense,
  5. The signing of a global strategic partnership for joint production of Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle between PT Pindad and Turkey’s FNSS, and,
  6. The signing of the HoA (Head of Agreement) on defense electronics technology for the formation of a joint venture, global supply chain, and national radar industry between PT Len Industri and Thales of France.

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