PT Sari Bahari has produced bombs for Sukhoi Flanker fighter jets, both smoke and live versions (photo : Sari Bahari)
Indonesia will soon be ready to produce live bombs for fighter aircraft, particularly the Sukhoi 27 SK and 30 MK, as weapons manufacturer PT Sari Bahari Malang will receive technology from Bulgarian fuse-bomb producer Armaco.
Indonesia has only been able to produce casing, warheads and ammunition powder, while importing fuse bombs.
“This is a major step forward for Indonesia. From now on we will no longer depend on other countries because we are able to fulfill the Indonesian Military [TNI] needs of bombs,” company director Ricky Hendrik Egam told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday in Surabaya, East Java.
Ricky, however, refused to reveal the financial value of the cooperation between his company and Armaco.
He said that with the cooperation, Indonesia could also have the chance to provide fuse bombs for Asian countries that use Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets.
The company has previously faced difficulties in finding countries producing fuse bombs that were willing to transfer the technology. China has rejected the company’s request for cooperation.
PT Sari Bahari has produced bombs for Sukhoi fighter jets, both smoke and live versions, with weights ranging from 100 kilograms to 250 kilograms. The company has also exported 70 millimeter smoke warhead rockets to the Chilean Air Force.