• Rugged transport to fly soon [INDODEF16-D3]

    PT Dirgantara Indonesia expects to fly the first prototype of its N219 19-seat airliner/utility transport around the end of the year. The aircraft was rolled out at PTDI’s Bandung facility in November 2015. A second flying prototype is due to fly early next year. PTDI has also constructed an airframe for static tests and one for fatigue tests.

  • Swing-role fighter [INDODEF16-D3]

    Eurofighter is offering the latest version of Typhoon for Indonesia’s F-5 replacement programme, complete with Captor-E ‘e-scan’ radar. The aircraft is currently cleared to carry the Storm Shadow long-range stand-off attack missile and the Brimstone 2 precision-attack weapon, both of which offer an element of anti-ship capability, while integration of the Marte 2 dedicated anti-ship missile is under way. Meteor and ASRAAM/Iris-T missiles provide air-to-air capability.

  • Rapid delivery and industrial participation [INDODEF16-D3]

    Sweden’s Saab is pitching its Gripen multi-role fighter for the Indonesian F-5 replacement requirement, and is offering technology transfer and the opportunity for Indonesian industry to fully participate in the production of the aircraft.

  • Long range and commonality [INDODEF16-D3]

    Lockheed Martin is offering the F-16V for Indonesia’s F-5 replacement requirement. When fitted with conformal fuel tanks, the aircraft offers a 1,500-mile combat radius, which the company sees as a useful attribute in the Indonesian context. The F-16 in earlier versions already forms the backbone of the Indonesian air force, and it would be possible to upgrade older aircraft to the new configuration if desired.

  • Mini-submarine project ready to move ahead [INDODEF16-D3]

    Indonesia is moving forward with plans to develop and build an indigenous mini-submarine (Kapal Selam Mini) after completing final engineering design activities earlier this year.PT Palindo Marine (Hall D, Stand 077) has confirmed to the Daily News that it plans to begin construction activities at its yard next year for a prototype boat. This is intended to serve as a technology demonstrator to prove the design ahead of follow-on production.

  • Swimming ahead [INDODEF16-D3]

    French robotics group ECA (Hall A, Stand 016) is positioning itself to meet emerging regional requirements for offboard mine countermeasures (MCM) systems based on autonomous maritime vehicles.

  • Special delivery service [INDODEF16-D3]

    Swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) provide a means to covertly deploy special forces into non-permissive areas so that they may perform clandestine missions (for example, intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, and the insertion/extraction of operatives).

  • Badak charges [INDODEF16-D2]

    Following trials with a prototype vehicle early in 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a contract with local company PT Pindad for an initial batch of 50 Badak (6x6) 90mm Direct Fire Vehicles (DFVs) for the Indonesian Army. Production of these is now under way.

  • Well armed Russian IFV [INDODEF16-D2]

    The Indonesian Marines are displaying one of their latest Russian Kuganmashzavod BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) at Indo Defence 2016.

  • Flying Tiger sharpens claws [INDODEF16-D2]

    The Republic of Korea (ROK) has deployed the Bi Ho (Flying Tiger) twin 30mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) for many years. The latest version is now operational with the ROK and is called the Hybrid Bi Ho, which is already being offered on the export market by Hanwha Defense Systems (Hall D, Stand 285).

  • China’s latest AAVs [INDODEF16-D2]

    Now that they are operational with the People’s Liberation Army, China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) (Hall B, Stand 058) has started to market overseas the latest VN18 Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) and its associated VN16 direct fire version.

  • Petir low-flying missile [INDODEF16-D2]

    PT Sari Bahari is displaying its Petir (Lightning) surface-to-surface missile, which is powered by a small turbojet and has wings to reach a range of more than 45km (28 miles). It employs GPS guidance for employment against fixed targets, and features anti-radar and anti-jamming features. The weapon has been developed entirely in Indonesia.

  • Second sub continues navy modernisation [INDODEF16-D2]

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) (Hall D, Stand 294) has officially launched KRI Trisula, the second of three DSME 209 class submarines on order for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).

  • Indonesia boosts artillery [INDODEF16-D2]

    The Indonesian Army programme to update its conventional artillery capability with the acquisition of new systems with greater range and accuracy is well under way. Nexter Systems of France has now delivered 37 CAESAR 155mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery systems based on a Renault Trucks Defense Sherpa (6x6) cross-country chassis to the Indonesian Army. They are deployed with two regiments – each has 18 systems, plus there is one for training.

  • Step-change in firepower [INDODEF16-D2]

    The Design Office Display of Belarus (Hall A, Stand AP30) has completed development of a new version of its Adunok remote weapon station (RWS) called the Adunok-W.

  • SAGE advice [INDODEF16-D2]

    Indonesia’s air force has just placed into service an Airbus Defence and Space CN235MPA aircraft outfitted with the SAGE electronic support measures (ESM) equipment from Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The aircraft was modified by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) working with the US special mission integration/ installation specialist Integrated Surveillance and Defense.

  • Missile comes into range [INDODEF16-D2]

    European missile house MBDA Missile Systems (Hall D, Stand 274) is closing in on a deal to supply its VL Mica shipborne point defence missile system for the Indonesian Navy’s two-ship SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) frigate programme. The order would bring to seven the number of navies taking VL Mica into service, of which three would be in Southeast Asia.

  • Speed at sea [INDODEF16-D2]

    Building on a heritage in aluminium fast ferry design and construction, Austal (Hall D, Stand 283) is meeting emerging naval requirements for high-speed transport and logistics support craft.

  • Organisational competence [INDODEF16-D2]

    P&C International (Hall A, Stand AP210), based in the US and France, is an international trade show consulting and service provider, officially entrusted by show organisers to recruit for and co-ordinate US, French, Canadian and Brazilian national pavilions.

  • Reducing eye fatigue [INDODEF16-D2]

    Harris Corporation (Hall A, Stand 065) has introduced the new F5032 lightweight night vision binocular that increases a warfighter’s night and low-light capabilities, while helping to reduce eye fatigue on extended missions.