New weapons arrive in Jakarta

New weapons arrive in Jakarta
Leopard 2A4 battle tank (above).

JAKARTA - The Indonesian Army has had its new primary weapons defence system expanded after receiving four German-manufactured tanks, namely two Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks and two Marder tanks.

"Two Leopard and two Marder tanks have arrived," said Army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Budiman in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by

The four tanks arrived at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Sunday morning, and are being refurbished and prepared for operations.

Budiman said he was happy with the arrival of the four tanks, which would be used to strengthen Indonesia's artillery capacity.

"All the tanks purchased are fully functional," said Budiman.

The Army, he said, now not only had combat tanks but also tanks that offered special functions, such as excavating, bulldozing and minesweeping, as well as support facilities for detachments of army engineers.

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