Indonesia plans to buy an additional batch of Russian Sukhoi fighter jets and self-built patrol boats as part of the 15 billion-dollar five-year plan to modernize the armed forces, the military department said Wednesday.
Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that Indonesia intends to buy a squadron of Sukhoi fighter jets and patrol boats.
He also warned delegates of the military conference that the rapid increase in military spending and the buildup of military power in the region could sow distrust and rivalry for energy resources.
“If this is not accompanied by increased transparency, which will increase confidence and confidence, it can turn into an arms race that will adversely affect peace and stability,” he said.
Another Indonesian military official said there are plans to buy 16 Sukhoi fighters, 17 patrol boats, three light frigates and an unknown amount tanks and rockets.
Indonesia also plans to modernize an American-made F-16 fighter squadron. Indonesia already has more than 10 Sukhoi fighters.
In October last year, the Ministry of Defense announced that it was planned to purchase 130 tanks from Leopard 2 from the German company Rheinmetall AG for a total of 280 million dollars.
Indonesia, a country of islands with key sea routes and 54700 km (34000 miles) of coastlines, also ordered three South Korean submarines to increase its fleet submarine up to five units.
The country's defense spending in 2012 amounted to 72500 billion rupees (7,54 billion dollars), which is 30% more than in 2011 year. As expected, in 2013, the military budget will increase to 77700 billion rupees.