Germany sells 164 tanks to Indonesia

Leopard 2SGThe German government has approved the sale of 104 used Leopard 2 combat tanks, 10 other armed vehicles, including recovery tanks and bridge layers, and 50 armoured personnel carriers to Indonesia, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

The information emerged during the 7th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) held in Brunei on May 7-9, where ASEAN defense ministers gathered to chart defense and security cooperation in the 10-nation bloc, namely to establish joint defense interaction programmes.

Indonesia is buying the tanks from Germany’s Rheinmetall AG, a huge technology group active in automotive components and defense equipment, as part of a $15 billion five-year campaign to modernise its military. The deal is reportedly worth $280 million.

ASEAN’s largest economy is wary of being left behind in reorganising its military as China, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian nations ramp up defense spending. Earlier this year, the government in Jakarta announced plans to buy more than a dozen Russian Sukhoi fighter jets as well as domestically made, missile-equipped patrol ships. The US has also said it will deliver military equipment to Indonesia.

The German opposition has criticised the deal  because of Indonesia’s poor human rights record and fears that the tanks could be deployed in conflicts with ethnic minorities in the 240-million nation.

 

 

 



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The German government has approved the sale of 104 used Leopard 2 combat tanks, 10 other armed vehicles, including recovery tanks and bridge layers, and 50 armoured personnel carriers to Indonesia, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. The information emerged during the 7th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) held in Brunei on May 7-9, where ASEAN defense ministers gathered to chart defense and security cooperation in the 10-nation bloc, namely to establish joint defense interaction programmes. Indonesia is buying the tanks from Germany's Rheinmetall AG, a huge technology group active in automotive components and defense equipment, as part of a $15...

Leopard 2SGThe German government has approved the sale of 104 used Leopard 2 combat tanks, 10 other armed vehicles, including recovery tanks and bridge layers, and 50 armoured personnel carriers to Indonesia, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

The information emerged during the 7th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) held in Brunei on May 7-9, where ASEAN defense ministers gathered to chart defense and security cooperation in the 10-nation bloc, namely to establish joint defense interaction programmes.

Indonesia is buying the tanks from Germany’s Rheinmetall AG, a huge technology group active in automotive components and defense equipment, as part of a $15 billion five-year campaign to modernise its military. The deal is reportedly worth $280 million.

ASEAN’s largest economy is wary of being left behind in reorganising its military as China, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian nations ramp up defense spending. Earlier this year, the government in Jakarta announced plans to buy more than a dozen Russian Sukhoi fighter jets as well as domestically made, missile-equipped patrol ships. The US has also said it will deliver military equipment to Indonesia.

The German opposition has criticised the deal  because of Indonesia’s poor human rights record and fears that the tanks could be deployed in conflicts with ethnic minorities in the 240-million nation.

 

 

 



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