Indonesia seeks to buy combat submarines

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kilo_classThe Indonesian Defense Ministry is planning to buy submarines either from Russia or from South Korea to strengthen its naval fleet. The choice is between second-hand Russian-made Kilo Class submarines or new ones from South Korea, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The ministry said it was still considering the options, adding that every option had its cost consequences. It added that defense at sea was crucial for the country and the decision to strengthen the submarine fleet was based on recommendations by the Indonesian Navy.

The ministry is prioritising the procurement of submarines with the ability to operate ballistic missiles. The country currently operates two German-made submarines and has recently built three new submarines in cooperation with South Korea. According to navy officials, Indonesia needs at least 12 submarines by 2020 to defend the Indonesian waters.

The Russian-made submarines are advanced in terms of their guided missile technology as they are able to launch missiles from below surface up to 400 kilometers away.

The ministry said it has enough funds in its budget to pay for the purchase.

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The Indonesian Defense Ministry is planning to buy submarines either from Russia or from South Korea to strengthen its naval fleet. The choice is between second-hand Russian-made Kilo Class submarines or new ones from South Korea, the Jakarta Globe reported.

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kilo_classThe Indonesian Defense Ministry is planning to buy submarines either from Russia or from South Korea to strengthen its naval fleet. The choice is between second-hand Russian-made Kilo Class submarines or new ones from South Korea, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The ministry said it was still considering the options, adding that every option had its cost consequences. It added that defense at sea was crucial for the country and the decision to strengthen the submarine fleet was based on recommendations by the Indonesian Navy.

The ministry is prioritising the procurement of submarines with the ability to operate ballistic missiles. The country currently operates two German-made submarines and has recently built three new submarines in cooperation with South Korea. According to navy officials, Indonesia needs at least 12 submarines by 2020 to defend the Indonesian waters.

The Russian-made submarines are advanced in terms of their guided missile technology as they are able to launch missiles from below surface up to 400 kilometers away.

The ministry said it has enough funds in its budget to pay for the purchase.

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