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Various Sophisticated Defense Equipment that Will Strengthen the TNI


Jakarta

The Indonesian National Army (TNI) celebrates its birthday on October 5 every year. This year, the TNI anniversary commemoration was held at Monas, Thursday (5/9/2023) which was attended directly by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

“Happy 78th birthday to the Indonesian National Army wherever you serve,” said the President in his ceremonial address.

At this year’s TNI anniversary commemoration, President Jokowi said that the modernization of the TNI’s main defense system equipment (Alutsista) is very important. However, budget efficiency for defense equipment also needs to be considered.

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“For defense equipment matters, modernization of defense equipment is very necessary, but state finances, the state budget, our APBN are very limited, so spending on defense equipment must be done wisely in terms of size and allocation,” explained Jokowi.

Jokowi also added that any modernization process for Alutsista must encourage the domestic defense industry. Steps that must be considered in modernization are the transfer of technology from advanced defense equipment acquired by the TNI.

The following are several advanced defense equipment that will equip the TNI in the future as part of the modernization of the TNI’s defense equipment.

F-15 EX fighter aircraft from the United States

The Ministry of Defense signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing regarding the acquisition of the F-15 EX fighter aircraft last August, as reported on the Ministry of Defense’s official website.

In the future, there will be 24 F-15 EX which are planned to complement the Indonesian Air Force’s combat fleet. This step is a response to fulfilling the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) planned by the Ministry of Defense.

Boeing F-15EX fighter jet Photo: Boeing

This aircraft is an advanced 4.5 generation fighter aircraft which has a sophisticated radar and avionics system which makes it capable of carrying out electronic combat missions. The F 15 EX is also claimed to be very precise in executing targets.

S-70M Black Hawk helicopter from the United States

Apart from the F-15 EX, the Ministry of Defense also acquired the S-70M Black Hawk, which is a personnel transport helicopter from the United States.

Later, the TNI will have 24 S-70M Black Hawk helicopters. The Black Hawk acquisition process also involved domestic industry, namely PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). Later, PTDI will have maintenance technology and system development from Black Hawk.

Reported by detikINET from Lockheed Martin’s official website, basically, the S-70M is a personnel transport helicopter, but with some additional external weapons, the S-70M can be converted into an attack helicopter that can be used to provide fire support to ground troops.

Soldiers run out of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter. Photo: AP/Chiang Ying-ying

Some of the weapons that can be installed on the S-70M are a 12.7 mm caliber automatic cannon, Hydra rockets and Hellfire land attack missiles. Apart from that, the S-70M also carries a 7.62 mm caliber automatic cannon which is placed on both sides of the door as a fixed weapon.


Red and White Frigate

Apart from fighter jets, the Ministry of Defense also focuses on marine defense equipment. In the future, the Indonesian Navy will have a heavy frigate class warship named the Red and White Frigate.

The Red and White Frigate is a frigate development project based on the Arrowhead 140 model frigate designed by the British company Babcock. The construction of the Red and White Frigate will utilize existing shipyard facilities at home and abroad.

Currently, the first Red and White Frigate has begun to enter the construction stage at PT PAL’s shipyard in Surabaya. This process can be seen from the first steel cutting ceremony which was published on the official website of the Ministry of Defense.

The Red and White frigate has a tonnage of 5,996 tons, and this frigate will be equipped with various sophisticated weapons.

On the official Babcock website, this frigate can be configured in several combat qualifications such as multi-role frigate, anti-submarine frigate, anti-air frigate, land attack frigate, minesweeping frigate and amphibious landing frigate. However, until now the Ministry of Defense has not issued an official release regarding the configuration of the Red and White Frigate.

*This article was written by Argya D Maheswara, a participant in the Merdeka Campus Certified Internship Program at detikcom.

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