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Thales, PT Len partner to deliver radars, C2 systems to Indonesian Air Force

Thales and PT Len have established a joint venture that will initially support the requirements of the Indonesian Air Force. This very likely includes supply of 13 GM400α radars (pictured) and the associated SkyView C2 system to the TNI-AU. (Thales)

Thales has signed an agreement with Bandung-based state-owned defence electronics firm PT Len Industri to launch a joint venture (JV) that will support the capability requirements of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI).

Under the JV, Thales and PT Len will establish a centre of excellence that will initially develop and build systems to fulfil the air surveillance requirements of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU), Thales announced in a media release on 3 June.

In particular, Thales and PT Len will collaborate to provide air-surveillance radars and command-and-control (C2) systems to the TNI-AU, Thales added.

As part of the JV, the two companies will also co-develop an Air Operations Centre for the TNI-AU. “Associated services, including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities, will be carried out at PT Len's site in Subang [in West Java],” Thales said.

In the future, the JV is also expected to work on command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR); military satellites; electronic warfare (EW); data links; and combat management systems (CMSs) for the TNI, Thales added.

The air-surveillance radars and C2 systems that the JV will provide to the TNI-AU are very likely to be Thales' Ground Master 400 Alpha (GM400α) long-range radar and the associated SkyView C2 system. It is unclear if Thales and PT Len are collaborating to provide other radar and C2 systems to the TNI-AU under the JV. Thales had not responded to Janes request for more information at the time of publication.

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