Indonesia to spend $1.5 bn on defence purchase

December 17th, 2011 - 9:17 am ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Dec 17 (IANS) The Indonesian army has allocated some 14 trillion rupiah (about$ 1.5 billion) to purchase several military equipment, from producers in Europe and the US in near future, a senior army official said.

Among the military equipment that have been listed by the army are European-made Leopard main battle tanks and US-made AH-64 Apache helicopters, Xinhua reported.

Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Pramono Edhie Wibowo said that besides those tanks and helicopters, the army also planned to purchase artillery equipment from France, the report added.

“For the tanks and the helicopters, we planned to purchase 108 units respectively,” Pramono said here.

According to Pramono, the Leopard tank is priced at $280 million each, while the price of attack helicopter AH-64 Apache was set at $25 million each.

The funds to purchase those military equipment would be retrieved from 2011 state budget, expected to improve the army’s might.

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