Nirmala Sitharaman​ discusses promoting defence industry collaboration with Indonesia

Both India and Indonesia are optimistic of other forms of cooperation being followed up, such as production of components for radar and sonar systems.

Published: 23rd October 2018 06:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2018 06:31 PM   |  A+A-

Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI/JAKARTA: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met her Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu on Tuesday and discussed promoting strategic cooperation in the defence industries by sharing technology and experience.

At the meeting, Indonesia praised India`s advanced technology for long-range missiles.

"This technology is in line with Indonesia`s plan that is currently building seven national flagship programmes in the defence industry, one of which is missile technology," said Brig.Gen.Totok Sugiharto, head of the Ministry of Defence's Public Communication Centre.

Both countries are also optimistic of other forms of cooperation being followed up, such as production of components for radar and sonar systems.

A Memorandum of Understanding between Bharat Electronic Ltd and Indonesian electronics company PT Len is under negotiation and is expected to be completed soon.

The MoU is expected to be signed at the 2018 Indo Defense Expo and Forum next month in Jakarta.

India and Indonesia have a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA).

The DCA, signed in 2001, has been revised and signed by both parties in May this year.

It provides the legal umbrella for boosting bilateral defence cooperation.

"In principle, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia will continue to support efforts to strengthen cooperation in the defence industry between Indonesia and India," said Sugiharto.

Also on Tuesday, Sithraman met Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan.

"Both leaders discussed ways to enhance cooperation in strategic and commercial fields by sharing technology and experience," the defence minister's office said in a tweet.

India and Indonesia currently have three bilateral forums in the fields of defence and security -- the Biennial Meeting at the level of defence minister, Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) at the level of secretary general, and Indonesia-India Security Dialogue (IISD) at the level of coordinating minister for politics and security.

Sugiharto said bilateral meetings between Indonesia and India needed to be continued to maintain defence cooperation between the two countries.

On Monday, Sitharaman held an interaction at Indonesian Airforce Academy in Yogyakarta where she reiterated India's commitment to strengthen defence cooperation with Indonesia.


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