Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Photo: www.ptinews.com)
 
Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman have met in Jakarta where they discussed cooperation in defence industry, maritime and disaster management.

India has a good capacity in its defence industry with several military products that can be used by Indonesia, including radar and drones, Ryacudu told the press after the bilateral meeting on October 23.

He said he appreciates India’s advanced technology for long-range missiles, saying that the technology is in line with Indonesia’s vision to build seven national flagship programmes in the defence industry, one of which is mastering the missile technology.

Sitharaman, for her part, emphasised that defence cooperation with Indonesia was beneficial and that New Delhi will provide more assistance to Jakarta in disaster management if requested.

Indonesia and India will also cooperate in the training of Sukhoi pilots, as India has many Russian-made jet fighters.

Indonesia’s PT Len and India’s Bharat Electronic Ltd are scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the procurement of radar. The signing is expected to take place during the Indo Defence Expo and Forum, to be held in Jakarta, November 7 – 10, 2018.

India and Indonesia currently have three bilateral forums in the fields of defence and security – the Biennial Meeting at the defence minister level, Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) at the level of secretary general, and Indonesia-India Security Dialogue (IISD) at the level of coordinating minister for politics and security.

The Indonesia – India joint defence activities has been implemented with a legal basis in the Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) inked in January, 2001. –VNA