Jakarta, Kompas - Although delayed, realization purchase Leopard main battle tank is now apparent. Indonesia will buy 163 tanks ranging from 103 MBT units, 50 units of medium tanks, and ten units of tank support.
Main battle tank purchase assurance (MBT) was presented Vice Minister of Defense Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin in a meeting with German Charge d'Affaires to Indonesia Heeidrun Tempel last Wednesday in Jakarta.
In the meeting, accompanied by the head of the Sjafrie Support of Defence Ministry of Defence Major General Prabowo Ediwan say, related to the purchase of tanks, the representation of a factory Leopard, that Rheinmetall, will be in Indonesia for signing the contract the end of September. In November, MBT Leopard can already appeared in an Indo Defence Industry De ¬ fence in 2012.
The MBT 103 is comprised of 61 units and 42 Revolution MBT Leopard Leopard 2A4 MBT unit. This package also includes medium tank production Rheinmetall, that Marder 1A3 by 50 units, and 10 other units such as tanks supporting the bridge and towing tank.Similar to the House of Representatives
Purchase this tank worth 280 million U.S. dollars (about Rp 2.6 trillion) in accordance with State Revenues and Expenditures Budget 2012. Previously, the budget planned to buy 104 Leopard 2A4 MBT.
House of Representatives Commission I have not formally agreed to this purchase. Internally, last August, the results of Commission I was agreeing to the purchase of a medium tank.
Commandant Kodiklat TNI weaponry Cavalry Army Brigadier General Purwadi Mukson, Karnis (13/9), celebrating the happy purchase.
It explains, MBT Leopard Revolution weighs 62 tons, while the Leopard 2A4 MBT weighs 59 tons. Both types of tanks include heavy tanks, while Marder 1A3 tanks belong to the medium.
"Marder is nice because even for transporting personnel. A can tank to transport 10 people," said Purwadi.
Purwadi say, class MBT Leopard Revolution was on the Leopard 2A4 MBT purchased in standard conditions. For the turret, the structure on which The seat tank weapons and machine guns like canon, MBT Leopard Revolution was moved electronically. Meanwhile, the Leopard 2A4 MBT still propelled hydraulic. Each using canon 120 millimeters, while Marder 1A3 with canon 20.
"This purchase is above expectations. No technical specification decline. Fact ammunition all complete," said Purwadi.
Military observers from Imparsial, Al Araf, see oddity with the same estimate can be obtained much once MBT. It is worrying, not purchased tank in good condition so take care and high retrofit costs.
Al Araf said, to answer these suspicions, the government must be transparent in the procurement of goods and weapons including treatment condition in the meantime a few years into the future.