Need to invest in defense modernization: Widodo

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President Joko Widodo emphasized the importance of prioritizing the modernization of Indonesia’s military equipment and defense systems as a key focus in the development of the country’s defense sector. During the commemoration of the 78th anniversary of the National Defense Forces (TNI) at the National Monument (Monas) Square in Jakarta, President Widodo directed officials to allocate budget resources toward the procurement of domestically produced defense systems. He emphasized the need for technology transfer to the domestic defense industry if foreign products are purchased.

President Widodo stressed that the modernization of defense equipment should play a significant role in boosting investments in the domestic defense industry. He called for technology transfer, human resource development, and a preference for domestic products when allocating resources. He also urged responsible budget utilization, highlighting the importance of using public funds efficiently.

President Widodo acknowledged the need for modernizing defense equipment while recognizing the financial limitations and the substantial demands for the welfare of the people. He called for a balanced approach in allocating funds, ensuring that defense spending is carried out judiciously, considering other budget priorities.

Following his participation in the TNI’s 78th anniversary parade and review, President Widodo expressed the need for improving the quality of the existing defense equipment that strengthens the TNI.

TNI Commander Admiral Yudo Margono emphasized that while modernizing defense equipment is crucial, it should be done incrementally according to priorities to ensure efficient budget utilization. By aligning modernization with priority scales, budget allocation can be more effective.

During the commemoration event at Monas, President Widodo and invited guests witnessed a parade showcasing various main weapon systems from the three TNI units. Several domestically manufactured defense equipment items were also exhibited, including vehicles like the P6 ATAV light attack tactical vehicle, “Maung” close combat light tactical vehicle, “Anoa” armored vehicle, “Komodo” light armored vehicle, and Sergap E-Tactical electric dirt bike. Additionally, a range of weapons and missile systems were displayed, further underlining the commitment to strengthening Indonesia’s defense capabilities.

Source: Antara News

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