Pakistan and Indonesia discussed potential sales of defense equipment.
Indonesian local media reported that Indonesia offered to sell Pakistan defense equipment. According to Antara News (state-run), Wiranto, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Security, and Legal Affairs discussed sales of defense equipment with the commander of Pakistan’s armed forces, General Rashad Mahmood during their meeting on Tuesday. Wiranto said,
We have also offered our defense equipment to them.
According to Wiranto, among other defense equipment under offer, CN-235 aircraft, the Anoa armored personnel carrier (APC), and assault rifles were also on the table. The CN-235 is available in a military version as well as an anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol aircraft, and maritime surveillance aircraft variants.
Indonesia is looking to promote her defense industry. Wiranto added that defense cooperation between the two countries was strong and that Mahmood expressed interest in deepening ties. He said,
Relations between the two countries armies are very close. General Rashad Mahmood has asked for maintaining and developing that relationship… They [Pakistan] wish Indonesia would continue with its efforts in leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), because peace in the region will bring a positive impact on other countries, including Pakistan.
During his visit to Indonesia, General Mahmood met with the Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces, General Gatot Nurmantyo. Both discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation and other matters of mutual interest. Mahmood was greeted with a Guard of Honor upon his arrival at the headquarters of Indonesian armed forces.
Indonesia and Pakistan have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. Pakistan’s focus on increasing defense ties with countries other than the U.S. is a step in the right direction. Pakistan is already pushing for procurement of defense equipment from Russia and China. Details on whether or not Pakistan actually purchases anything from Indonesia are mum.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.