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Indonesia omits major procurement programmes from 2022 ‘Green Book'

A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle . Indonesia has plans to procure up to 36 Rafale fighters, but it is unclear how the country will fund this ambition. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

The Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning has omitted major defence procurement programmes from the register of priority projects approved for foreign funding in 2022.

This register is commonly referred to in-country as the ‘Green Book'. Programmes included in this register will be escalated to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, which will then decide on the final amount of foreign loans that can be obtained for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

Documents forwarded to Janes on 24 May by a government source indicate that among programmes that have been included in the ‘Green Book' are mid-life upgrades for the Indonesian Navy's Diponegoro-class corvettes and Bung Tomo-class frigates. In terms of hull age, these vessels have either exceeded or are approaching their 20-year mark.

Besides these combatants, upgrades for the Indonesian Navy's first batch of KCR-60M-class fast-attack craft and FPB-57 fast patrol vessels are also mentioned. The former type was commissioned in 2014 while the latter were inducted between 1988 and 2004.

A programme to procure more medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Indonesian Air Force is also included in the ‘Green Book' for 2022.

Overall, the total amount for all programmes included in the register of priority projects for which foreign funding can be obtained is USD2 billion.

Notably missing from the register are programmes to equip the Indonesian Air Force with Rafale multirole fighter aircraft from Dassault Aviation, and the Indonesian Navy with FREMM guided-missile frigates from Fincantieri. Contracts for these major equipment were signed in 2021.

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