24 Oktober 2008
New Delhi - The Indonesian army is weighing purchase of advanced light helicopter Dhruv even as it is in talks for sourcing spares from the country, according to Lt Gen (retd) Andi M Ghalib, ambassador to India.
“We are talking about purchasing the ALH from India and are in discussions about sourcing spares for our weapon systems from here. Also, Indian naval ships have been paying goodwill visits to Indonesian ports.” Ghalib told FE.
According to embassy officials, the strategic and defence partnership between India and Indonesia has received impetus from two different sources of commitment—commitment emanating from the improved bilateral relationship and India’s commitment to its growing strategic engagement with the Asean.
India has been supplying defence equipment, especially for the Indonesian navy and the two countries are exploring other areas for defence cooperation, they added.
Apart from bilateral defence cooperation, the two countries have engaged bilaterally in addressing non-traditional security challenges facing the region such as terrorism, maritime piracy and so on.
India and Indonesia signed a bilateral agreement on cooperative activities in the field of defence in 2001.
(The Financial Express)