As part of the official visit by the Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), three Indonesian state-owned enterprises (SOE) have signed defense collaboration agreements with the UAE government and a private defense company in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (30 June).
The Indonesian defense minister also signed a defense industry protocol with UAE Minister of Defense Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi. The protocol aims to promote and develop defense industry cooperation as well as mutually beneficial industrial capabilities between two countries.
“Cooperation in the defense sector is very important for both countries, especially for the development of the defense industry in the future,” said Prabowo in a written statement to the Indonesian media.
PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), and PT Pindad, two Indonesian SOEs in aerospace and land defense, respectively signed joint marketing and development agreements with UAE’s Calidus. Meanwhile, the Indonesian state-owned shipyard PT PAL signed a collaboration Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE government.
PTDI’s collaboration with Calidus includes joint marketing for the Indonesian company’s CN-235 and N-219 aircraft, and joint development for its Elang Hitam (Black Eagle) Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), currently still in development.
PT Pindad’s collaboration with the UAE’s company includes joint development, production, and marketing for an 8×8 wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV). While it was not specified in PT Pindad’s press release, it’s likely that Calidus’ Wahash 8×8 AFV will become the basis of the joint development.
PT PAL has yet to release a statement regarding its MoU with the UAE government although it is also likely that the company is aiming for joint development of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) to corvette-class naval vessels.
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