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Indonesia looks to China for combat UAVs

28 July 2017

Indonesian defence officials have outlined a potential programme to procure unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) from China.

In comments published by state-run news agency Antara on 26 July, Laksda Leonardi, head of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Facilities Agency, said the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) required an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capability to “detect, identify, and attack” targets.

Leonardi added that China has offered to meet the requirement, which features six UCAV units each consisting of three batteries. He also indicated that Indonesia’s options to procure a UCAV system was limited to China, although he did not elaborate.

“Only China can sell the drones to us and the others cannot,” he said.

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