12 Februari 2015
NC-212i aircraft (photo : defence.pk)
Philippines and Indonesia may enter into a more active defense equipment trade. Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said during the joint press conference with President Aquino “we had discussed the potential that we would like to offer on the trade of defense equipment.”
Department of National Defense have already entered into number of military procurement with Indonesian firms.
One of the most notable procurement is the two Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock from PT PAL Indonesia. The ceremonial first steel cutting for first vessel was held last January 22. It is expected to be delivered on the second quarter of 2016 to Philippine Navy as strategic sealift vessel. Second unit is expected on the first half of 2017.
Another project that is in progress with an Indonesian firm is the acquisition of two light lift fixed-wing aircraft. It was reported early of 2014 that PT Dirgantara Indonesia won the bidding with its NC-212i.
Indonesian firms have been actively participating in procurement projects initiated by DND for Philippine Navy and Air Force.
Two countries have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Defense College of the Philippines and Indonesia’s Lembaga Ketahanan Nasional (LEMHANAS) on Cooperation in Education, Research and Training.