Indonesia Rethinks Ukrainian-Built Combat Vehicle After Unsuccessful Trial

BTR-4 with the fighting module Parus

Indonesia is reconsidering plans to acquire more Ukraine-built BTR-4 8×8 amphibious armored personnel carriers (APC) after issues cropped up during training activities.

    After concluding initial training on the amphibious vehicle, Korps Marinir (KORMAR), the Indonesian Marine Corps, reported several problems, including the APC excessively trimming at the bow while immersed in water and operating at full speed.
    Five of the vehicles were delivered to Jakarta in September as part of a deal with Ukraine state-owned defense manufacturer Ukroboronprom, as Indonesia sought to replace the 100 BTR-50PK APCs it acquired from Kiev in the 1990s.
    One Ukroboronprom official told Janes in November, “After official acceptance we will talk about expanding technology transfers to Indonesia and about expanding the order…We know [KORMAR] has a requirement for another 50 vehicles. This could mean some of these vehicles are built in Ukraine followed by technology transfers and local production in Indonesia.”
    The vehicle’s main weapon is a ZTM-1 30 mm cannon. It also features an AGS-17 30mm grenade launcher and a chemical, nuclear and biological filtration system.

Russian Pacific Fleet Ships Detachment Finishes Visit to Indonesia


 Large ASW ship Admiral Tributs

   A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet finished the visit to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. © Sputnik/ Anton DenisovMoscow, Jakarta in Talks Over ‘Unrivaled’ BMP-3F Amphibious Vehicles for Indonesian Navy

   MOSCOW. A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet finished the visit to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where it took part in the Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum, the press service of the Russian Pacific Fleet said Sunday.

“A detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet ships has finished the visit to Indonesia. The main purpose of the entrance to the Indonesian port was to take part in the international exhibition Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum,” the statement of the press service said.

  The detachment was comprised of Admiral Tributs major anti-submarine warfare ship, Bystriy destroyer, Boris Butoma large tanker and Alatau tug boat.

   The ships left the main base of the Pacific Fleet in mid-October to carry out combat duties in the Pacific ocean.

The Indo Defence 2016 Expo & Forum was held on November 2-5 in Jakarta.

Indonesia plans to buy Russian-made helicopters — ambassador

© Marina Lystseva/TASS

UFA, October 5. /TASS/. Jakarta plans to purchase Russian-made helicopters in order to use them in the province of West Java, in particular, Indonesia’s ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi said.

“We would like to purchase helicopters from Russia. There are many islands in West Java, so the helicopters are in great demand there,” the ambassador said at a meeting with the head of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, Rustem Khamitov.

Moreover, according to the ambassador, Indonesia has been holding talks with Moscow on the purchase of 8 modern Sukhoi Su-35 fighter planes that are set to replace their US-made F-5 Tiger aircraft that the Indonesian Air Force has been using since 1980.

Indonesian diplomats are presently on a working visit to Bashkortostan’s capital of Ufa on October 4-5.


Russia, Indonesia can further develop military-technical cooperation — diplomat

Russian Military Technologies's photo.


June 29 – The Indonesian leadership highly values the performance characteristics of Russian military products, Russia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin told on Tuesday.
“Indonesia, like any other state caring about the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, is interested in maintaining and strengthening its defense capability and for this purpose modern and well-equipped armed forces are needed,” the Russian diplomat said.
“As the Russian ambassador, I can say that I’m very glad and very proud that today the Indonesian armed forces operate advanced examples of Russian military hardware. For example, these are Su-30 and Su-27 multirole fighter jets or BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles intended for the Indonesian marine corps,” the ambassador said.
The Indonesian political and defense leadership “highly values the performance characteristics of Russian military products,” the ambassador said.
“We have seen together with you a lot of public statements by representatives of the Indonesian Defense Ministry about their interest in buying particular types of Russian military hardware, in particular, Su-35 fighter jets,” the Russian ambassador said.
“We, as the diplomats, will continue doing everything possible to ensure that military and technical cooperation between Russia and Indonesia should develop further to the mutual benefit of both sides. I can say that there are pre-requisites for this,” the Russian ambassador said.
The sphere of ensuring security, both regional and global, “is a very promising sphere of Russian-Indonesian relations,” he added.
“We’re actively interacting in the sphere of anti-terror, including the training of representatives of the corresponding departments from Indonesia and other ASEAN countries in Russia with the help of our specialized agencies. This also involves information exchange and corresponding consultations,” the Russian ambassador said.

Indonesia may purchase Russian amphibious planes, submarines — ambassador

Project 636.3 submarine

Project 636.3 submarine

“We’re working on these purchases,” he said.

“Relevant Russian specialists will be invited to Indonesia,” he added.

According to the Indonesian diplomat, Jakarta is interested in developing military and technical cooperation with Russia.

“Russian products in the sphere of the defense and industrial sector are no inferior to Western analogs. It is worth noting Russia’s considerable successes in the sphere of military and technical cooperation,” the ambassador said.

“We hope for close interaction in this field,” he added.

In reply to TASS’ specifying question later, the ambassador said Indonesia wanted to buy two Russian submarines.

The Russian submarines referred to the Kilo-class by NATO’s classification are Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines. As Vladimir Yereschenko, chief, regional department, Rosoboronexport, has told TASS at the Defence Services Asia 2016 arms show (DSA 2016), the Project 636.3  and Amur-1650 submarines, Project 11356 (Krivak-V-class) and Gepard-3.9 (Gepard) frigates and shipborne weapons are the most promising for promotion in Asia-Pacific.

“We hope that the contact with Indonesia will be one of the first contracts in the sphere of military and technical cooperation. We note great interest from foreign buyers. This interest is explained by the plane’s uniqueness and its capabilities. This is the sole amphibian jet with such functions,” president of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told TASS, adding that Thailand was also displaying interest in the plane.

The Be-200ChS multipurpose plane is designed to fight fires, provide emergency aid in the areas hit by natural disasters, carry out search and rescue operations at water, make sanitary and freight carriages and monitor the environment. As the UAC press office told TASS, potential customers from South-East Asian countries were displaying interest both in the plane’s fire-fighting capacity and its capabilities to carry out patrol and search operations at sea.


In Queue for Perfection: Indonesia to Receive First Russian Su-35 in 2018

Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter

Indonesia will not receive the first batch of Russian Su-35 multirole fighters earlier than in 2018 due to the overload of the aircraft’s sole manufacturer with domestic and international orders, media reported Wednesday, citing a source in the Russian Defense Ministry.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in March, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu announced Moscow and Jakarta would sign in April a contract for the delivery of 10 Russian Su-35 Flanker multirole fighter jets to replace Indonesia’s fleet of F-5 Tigers.

The manufacturer had produced 14 Su-35, several Su-30МК2 aircraft for Vietnam and modernized Su-27 in 2015, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reported.

“Today, a full transition of the enterprise to the production of modern Su-35 is on the agenda. However, this will not affect the queue. The plant is due to produce 50 aircraft for Russia’s Aerospace Forces within five years, and 24 for China. Indonesians could expect to receive two jets in 2018 in a best-case scenario,” the source told the newspaper.

The Su-35S is a 4++ generation one-seater, an upgraded version of the Su-27 multirole fighter with features comparable to a 5-generation aircraft. It is characterized by supermaneuverability and is equipped with new avionics, a modern radar and advanced engines. It can accomplish incredible tricks without deceleration and can fly at a speed of 2400 kmph, outpacing all rivals in its class. The warplane is armed with 30mm guns, a huge number of missiles and rockets.


Best Choice: Indonesia to Ink Contract for 10 Russian Su-35 Jets in April

Su-35 super maneuverable multirole fighter


A squadron of Russian 4++ generation supermaneuverable multirole jets will reinforce Indonesia’s air force. Moscow and Jakarta will sign a contract in April for the deliveries of 10 Russian Su-35 Flanker multirole fighter jets to replace Indonesia’s fleet of F-5 Tigers, the Jakarta Globe reported Friday.

“We need a squadron of the jets, but for the first phase it will be 10 jets,” Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying.

Indonesia currently has 16 F-5 fighter jets that entered service in 1980.Four Su-35s have been deployed to Syria amid Moscow’s counterterrorism campaign.

The 4++ generation Su-35 is characterized by supermaneuverability and has features of a 5-generation aircraft. The fighter has new avionics, a modern radar and advanced engines. It can accomplish incredible tricks without deceleration and can fly at a speed of 2400 kmph, outpacing all rivals in its class. The warplane is armed with 30mm guns, a huge number of missiles and rockets.


In January, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said he hoped that his country would maintain the turnover with Indonesia in 2016 at around $2 billion.

According to the minister, the bilateral projects between the sides could in the future include building a shipyard in Indonesia. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation has been holding talks with Indonesian companies over the issue, Manturov said.

Last month, a source in the Russian defense industry said that Indonesia planned to buy four Beriev Be-200 amphibious planes from Russia, adding that a contract could be sealed shortly.

Indonesian Air Forces’ Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna announced last November that Jakarta wanted to add the Russian amphibious planes to its air fleet after two Be-200 aircraft from the Russian Emergencies Ministry helped combat widespread forest fires on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo last year.


Russia, Indonesia to Sign Contract on Sale of 4 Be-200 Amphibious Planes

Russian amphibious Be-200 aircrafts


According to a source in the Russian defense industry, Indonesia plans to buy four Beriev Be-200 amphibious planes from Russia.

Indonesia plans to buy four Beriev Be-200 amphibious planes from Russia, a source in the Russian defense industry said Thursday, adding a contract could be sealed shortly.

“They are currently finalizing talks to agree on the terms and conditions in the contract,” the source told RIA Novosti.

The Be-200 is a unique Russian amphibious aircraft that is well-suited for firefighting missions. It can land on water and scoop up thousands of gallons of water into its hull and then drop its load onto a fire. The plane can be reconfigured for search-and-rescue or passenger flying.

Indonesian Air Forces’ Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna announced last November that Jakarta wanted to add Russian amphibious planes to its air fleet.


Immaculate Choice: Indonesia Poised to Buy Russian Su-35 Fighters

Multi-mission fighter SU-35


The Russian-Indonesian joint commission on military-technical cooperation will discuss the purchase of the Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighters in late November in Jakarta, Indonesian Ambassador to Moscow Djauhari Oratmangun said Wednesday.

 Earlier in November, head of the International Cooperation Department of Russian state technology corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov stated Jakarta decided to purchase newest Russian Su-35 Fighters and discussed the construction of service centers in Indonesia.

According to the diplomat, the fact that the Indonesian Defense Minister has recently made an official statement on the issue confirms the existence of the plans for the purchase of Su-35.”It is a good sign, after which real agreements will emerge. In late November, a technical meeting of the joint commission on military-technical cooperation will be held, and this issue will be one of the main topics,” Oratmangun told RIA Novosti in an interview.

However, he noted, a tender for the purchase of aircraft has not been announced so far.

The Su-35 fighter (NATO reporting name Flanker-E) jet is an upgraded version of the Su-27 multirole fighter. It was first introduced to a foreign audience at the 2013 Paris Air Show.