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Display of Indonesian military strength

Lyna Mohamad

The Indonesian Defence Industry Companies were among the international participants at the Aerospace and Defence Equipment Exhibition, at the 62nd anniversary of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) at the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) Base in Kampong Rimba, Gadong yesterday.

The exhibition of Defence Equipment and Arms Systems (Static Display), and Defence Industry Exhibitions from local and foreign Defence Industries (mini exhibitions) was held on the sidelines of the anniversary celebration with 14 participants from the Air Force and 40 participants from the defence industry from nine countries.

The participants displayed security equipment and devices ranging from small arms, communication systems, autonomous vehicles, to transportation systems in the three domains of land, sea and air.

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Irwan Iding who accompanied the Indonesian Ministry of Defence delegation noted that the RBAF made a breakthrough by inviting the military and defence industry including Indonesia.

He added it was a good opportunity for Indonesia to further strengthen its defence cooperation with Brunei Darussalam where His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to officiate the exhibition and was the right place to showcase Indonesian defence equipment.

Meanwhile Indonesian Defence Attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Colonel Arm Doddy Suhadiman said the Indonesian Ministry of Defence sent a delegation led by Colonel Czi Sugeng Haryadi Yogopranowo showcasing the replica of an Indonesian Air Force C295 aircraft for Static Display alongside several transport aircraft and fighter aircraft from various countries.

ABOVE & BELOW: His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness 920 Major (U) Prince ‘Abdul Mateen during the exhibition. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Uniformed personnel from Indonesia

At the mini exhibition, defence products from PT Pindad, PT PAL, PT DI, and PT Napindo were displayed with PT Pindad represented by Business Alliance Development Manager Akbar Abdi Kusumah, and Export Account Manager Iyan Nurjaman.

PT Pindad displays included mock-ups or miniatures of various superior products such as the 6×6 Rhino Vehicle, the 4×4 Komodo, the SS2-V4 Assault Rifle, the G2 Combat Pistol, and the SPR-2 Sniper Rifle.

Meanwhile, PT PAL showcased their proven products including the 60-metre (m) Fast Missile Boat (KCR), a product from the development of the successful Transfer of Technology (ToT) programme with Germany in the form of a 57m Fast Patrol Boat (FPB) as well as a showcase on its ability to design and build a support vessel known as the Landing Platform Dock (LPD).

PT DI displayed the nation’s pride aircraft products, CN235-220 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), NC212i and N219.

PT DI saw the event as a good platform to penetrate into the market to support RBAF’s aircraft needs and encourage the potential for the procurement of new defence equipment by RBAF, especially for the needs of RBAF’s aircraft.

In providing Air Bridge and to support serviceability and aircraft readiness, PT DI is also committed to providing maximum after-sales service, both in terms of supply of spare parts, equipment and ground support equipment; repairs and overhauls; technical modifications and services; and technical training.

Yesterday’s anniversary celebration was also a venue for the Ministry of Defence and the Brunei Darussalam military to interact with defence companies in addition to strengthening relations with their dialogue partners.

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