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Indonesia enacts law to boost collaboration with South Korea

12 July 2018
Indonesia has passed legislation to support stronger collaboration with South Korea on projects including the KFX/IFX aircraft development programme. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Indonesia has passed a law supporting its defence industrial engagement with South Korea. Indonesia’s House of Representatives approved the act on defence co-operation between Indonesia and the Republic of Korea on 10 July.

The House of Representatives said the legislation would provide a legal footing for industrial and technical collaboration between the two countries as well as support military-to-military ties. It added that the act will also facilitate the establishment of a joint committee that would provide greater oversight and support for collaborative industrial programmes.

Citing Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, the Ministry of Defence in Jakarta said the act would strengthen bilateral co-operation.

“There is a long history of defence co-operation between Indonesia and South Korea,” he said. “[But] there is also a need for more concrete implementation [of projects]. This formal legal umbrella is required to ensure that future output and co-operation in defence is more effective and productive.”

Indonesia and South Korea are currently working on two major defence industrial programmes. These comprise the joint development of the Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KFX/IFX) aircraft and the programme to deliver three South Korean Type 209/1400-class diesel-electric submarines to the Indonesian Navy.

The KFX/IFX programme involves collaboration between lead contractor Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Indonesian aerospace company PT Dirgantara, while the submarine procurement is led by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), which has delivered two submarines to Indonesia and is currently collaborating with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL on the construction of the third.

In addition, the two countries have collaborated – although on a more limited scale – on Indonesia’s acquisitions in recent years of KAI KT-1 Woong Bee trainer aircraft, 6x6 Black Fox armoured vehicles produced by Hanwha, and KAI T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer aircraft. South Korea also sees opportunities to export to Indonesia a range of artillery and gun systems, additional naval platforms, and the KAI Surion light utility helicopter.

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