Indonesia to review weaponry system grant

Indonesia to review weaponry system grant

Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has said the government will review its policy on receiving primary weaponry defence system (Alutsista) grants from other countries.

"We will review again the policy [of receiving weaponry system grants]. It's true that the jet fighters they gave us were used aircraft, but their conditions were better than ours. Nevertheless, we will reconsider it," said Ryamizard as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Tuesday.

For the time being, the former Army chief of staff said the Indonesian government would still agree to receive any weaponry defence system granted by other countries.

Commenting on an F-16 jet fighter that recently caught fire at the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, East Jakarta, Ryamizard said the government was still investigating the incident.

"Our investigation into the causes of the incident is still ongoing," he said.

The Indonesian government has obtained 24 F-16 jet fighters from the US government. Indonesia still had to pay US$800 million to bring the aircraft to the country and for their upgrade costs.

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