Monday, November 27, 2017

Indonesia and Spain Strengthen Military Technology Procurement Cooperation

The Government of Indonesia and Spain plan to continue cooperation in the field of procurement of defense system main tool (defense equipment).

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Wiranto said, alutsista cooperation with Spain has been established long ago. Now both countries plan to re-strengthen the cooperation, especially in the field of aircraft manufacture.

Operator Sat Bravo 90 Indonesian Special Forces
Operator Sat Bravo 90 Indonesian Special Forces

"Since the first aircraft, Gatot Kaca plane, CN 212 to 235, and yesterday flew 295 aircraft. So, I think this is a sustainable cooperation," said Wiranto after receiving the honorary visit of Deputy Foreign Minister of Spain Idelfonso Castro in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Idelfonso Castro confirmed, it wants to strengthen the cooperation relationship between the two countries, both in the procurement of armaments or other cooperation.

"We expect the relationship between the two countries to be strengthened. Spain wants the cooperation of procurement of armaments goes well again. In fact, not only aircraft, as well as ships, it can be done well. Especially Spain and Indonesia have been doing this cooperation for a long time, "said Castro.

Wiranto asserted, the two countries will also strengthen cooperation in the field of handling terrorism. "I think Indonesia also has experience working with many countries. Included in the handling of terrorism, "said Wiranto.

The Indonesian Government meeting with the Spanish Government has actually happened several times. Previously, the Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia Jose Maria Matres Manso also had a meeting with Wiranto on June 21, 2017.

At that time he offered to cooperate with the National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT) in combating acts of terrorism. Wiranto said Indonesia does not limit itself to cooperating with any country that has experience of acts of terrorism.

That is done so that BNPT performance can be helped. According to him, the Spanish experience to approach hard or smooth in dealing with acts of terrorism is considered to be imitated BNPT. "So, how BNPT can take a hard and smooth approach in the face of terrorism, Spain experienced with it," said Wiranto.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Polhukam said, Spain also offers cooperation in the field of security Ciber.

"We have just established the National Board of Ciber as an umbrella of all ciber agencies in Indonesia. We also need in each country, including Spain offering it (cooperation), "said Wiranto.

However, Wiranto said, the discussion of the cooperation of the Spanish Government with ciber and Sandi Negara (BSSN) is still in its early stages. Therefore, there needs to be further discussion to arrive at the cooperation phase.

"It's not until the concept, after we agree technically, the staff will follow up with one more conversation or technical cooperation points," he said.