The Indonesian Government has a plan to re-arrange and strengthen the armed forces in the next five years with a hope to enhance military power and improve the nation’s defence capacity in the face of increasing complex challenges, said military chief Moeldoko.

The Antara news agency cited Moelkodo as saying that the Indonesian army needs to be more active and develop in line with a strategic environment and threats it has to face in the future.

He suggested designing plans to reshuffle and strengthen the control over the armed forces with an appropriate budget.

According to him, the national defence budget would be raised to 200 billion rupiah (15.2 billion USD) in 2017 from the current 102 billion rupiah (7.7 billion USD). The goal was set along with an expected economic growth of 7 percent.

More attention will be paid to raising the military’s strength and efficiency in smart weapon equipment and territorial security safeguarding, particularly at border areas.

Indonesia also aims to modernise the army in 2025.-VNA