Monday, August 24, 2009

Indonesian Navy to get two new submarines soon

Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno has expressed hope that two new submarines would arrive soon in the next two years. Asked for confirmation, the Navy chief of staff said the procurement process of the two submarines has been discussed by the Defense Ministry.

"Technical specification and the operation requirement have been submitted to the Defense Ministry for discussion," Tejo Edhy said, expressing hope that the ministry this month would decide where the submarines would be procured from.

Indonesia has earlier opened a tender for the procurement of two submarines in 2010-2014 from several countries such as Germany, South Korea, Russia, and France.

"If the Defense Ministry decides the country the Navy will get the submarine from, then the contract will be signed immediately to procure the two submarine soon," Tedjo said.

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