Indonesia displayed several new platforms during a 5 October military parade held in the coastal city of Cilegon, Banten Province, to mark the 72nd anniversary of its armed forces.
Among the platforms shown were an AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter and a prototype of the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT). Both platforms are to set to be operated by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD).
In January 2015 the US Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Boeing a USD295.9 million contract to supply Indonesia with eight AH-64E Apache gunships.
Supporting the programme, Lockheed Martin was contracted to supply the helicopters with fire-control sensors in the form of eight Lot 9 Modernised Target Acquisition Designations/Sight Pilot Night Vision Sensors (M-TADS/PNVS), as well as spares.
Deliveries of the Apaches were expected to commence in February 2018 but images had already emerged in May 2017 showing an AH-64E featuring Indonesian insignia conducting flight trials in the US: an indication that the first deliveries were imminent. It is unclear, however, as to how many of the eight platforms have been handed over to the TNI-AD.
The Apache helicopters are set to substantially bolster the capabilities of the service, which already operates eight Russian-made Mil Mi-35 attack helicopters, the first of which were delivered in 2003.
In March 2014 an Indonesian official revealed that half of the future Apache fleet would be deployed on the Natuna Islands, which are located on Indonesia’s maritime borders with Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam in the southern part of the South China Sea.
The Indonesian military also displayed the Kaplan MT, which is being jointly developed by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri – a Turkish majority-owned joint venture with BAE Systems – and Indonesian state-owned company PT Pindad.
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