Indonesia and Turkey announce armoured vehicle development agreement

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    Indonesia and Turkey have signed an agreement to co-develop a light-to-medium armoured vehicle, IHS Jane's has learnt.

    Under the terms of a "draft defence industry protocol" signed at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul earlier this month, the countries will co-develop the vehicle to meet the requirements of their respective armed forces.
    A contract to mass produce the vehicle, which is likely to be based on Turkish designs, has not yet been secured and will be subject to further discussion.

    The Indonesia-Turkey protocol also outlines the joint development of a software-defined radio (SDR) system, which is also subject to contractual discussion, and encourages a strengthening of defence industrial relations through exchanges of information and technologies as well as exploring other areas of potential collaboration "based on mutual benefit".

    Silmy Karim, spokesman of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence's Committee for Defence Industry Policy (KKIP) - an agency that was involved in discussions over the industrial protocol - told IHS Jane's on 16 May that the vehicle co-development programme was intended to boost industrial capability in Indonesia through a process of technology exchange with Turkish counterparts.
    Karim added: "This is a new joint development programme of a totally new light-to-medium armoured vehicle. The design will be based on requirements of the armies of Indonesia and Turkey.
    "We have not decided on the details of this programme yet - we will start work in two months. We are now formulating the details to be approved by the defence ministries of Indonesia and Turkey. There is no contract yet but we have the joint development agreement."

    The industrial programme - which is likely to be headed by Indonesia's PT Pindad and Turkey's FNSS Defence Systems, a joint venture between Turkey's Nurol Holding and BAE Systems - aims to deliver a prototype within one year of commencing development of the vehicle. Should the production programme go ahead, the vehicle will also be marketed to third-party countries. The programme to develop the SDR system will be led by PT Len and Aselsan.

    Indonesia's emphasis on defence industrial collaboration stems from a government directive to improve local capabilities through joint programmes and defence offset. These activities are referenced in the Indonesian Defence Industry Law, which was enacted in October 2012.

    Source - IHS/Janes

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