PETALING JAYA: IT appears that Indonesia is set to follow on its second-hand F-16 deal with the procurement of surplus weapons from European countries, if the news story below is correct.
We have not made similar moves, not that I heard off, to source second hand arms neither ships, planes or tanks as a way to adapt to our meagre defence budget. There was a chance to buy an LSD from France, but that ship went to Chile.
It must be pointed out that due certain decisions made in the past (as noted by Azlan on the PT-91M) we cannot simply go out and buy some of the stuff being retired at the moment. The problem is that we continue follow up the past mistakes (take the MRCA and LCS/frigate tenders) even as the defence budget is shrinking.
Adding to that, our very conservative planning and procurement policies which does not allow for tactical expediencies (with an eye towards the bigger picture, of course) to be made when the opportunity arises. What happen is the bigger picture always gets muddled whenever we respond to emerging threats as the emphasis will always be on something else, either the industry or other stuff and never the nation and Armed Forces.
I know that there should be no knee jerk reaction from Malaysia on these latest moves but I am sure that Jalan Padang Tembak is already making plans.
Indonesian Defence Minister confirms plans to purchase European surplus equipment
06:33 GMT, November 28, 2011 defpro.com | According to Indonesian media reports, the Minister of Defence of Indonesia, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, recently confirmed plans to purchase military equipment from various European countries. The minister, in particular, highlighted the government’s intent to buy Leopard 2 main battle tanks from the German Army, as well as Apache attack helicopters.
The reports emphasise that Indonesia is taking advantage of the difficult budget situation faced by European armed forces, seeking to purchase surplus equipment at favourable prices. This may include weapons systems from France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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