Indonesia has outlined an ambitious military modernisation plan through to the mid 2040s. The challenges of defending a vast archipelago amidst global threats support the country’s needs to focus more resources on strengthening its overall defence capabilities.

 In support of Indonesia’s strong military ambitions, PT Len Industri and Thales have signed a strategic agreement for deeper collaboration in multiple defence topics.  The agreement was signed in Surabaya on 20th April 2022, by Mr. Bobby Rasyidin, President Director for PT Len Industri and Mr. Guy Bonassi, Senior Vice-President, Asia, Eurasia and Latin America for Thales, with the event graced by President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo; Minister of Defence, Prabowo Subianto and other dignitaries.

In the frame of this agreement, PT Len and Thales will jointly explore and further develop solutions on topics including radars, Command & Control systems, military satellites, C5ISR, electronic warfare, UAVs and Combat Management Systems. For radars, the collaboration will include the planned transfer of technology for military and civilian radars, including local MRO activities, and the co-development of a national Command & Control (C2) radar.

Thales has been the leading partner of the Indonesian Navy for the last forty years, supplying combat systems for all warships in service. The strategic agreement will explore the co-development of a national Combat Management System (CMS) based on Thales’ TACTICOS CMS, currently deployed on the KRI Usman-Harun Multi-Role Light Frigate (MRLF).

With its strong credentials in radar technology and naval modernisation programmes, this agreement strengthens Thales’ industrial footprint in Indonesia, as a strategic partner to help the country reinforce its armed forces and defences across increasingly complex air and maritime domains. The agreement also affirms Thales’ commitment to building local expertise and growing its industrial footprint in Indonesia.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Thales and explore collaboration in these new topics that will bring advanced technologies and greater value to the Indonesian armed forces. This strategic agreement will pave the way for the growth of Indonesian industrial capabilities, as we jointly develop solutions that meet the needs and expectations of our local end-users.” Bobby RASYIDIN, President Director, PT Len Industri

Thales aligns closely with Indonesia’s vision of building indigenous capabilities in the defence sector. We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with PT Len over the last few decades and our expertise, together with PT Len’s leading role in driving Indonesia’s defence industry, makes this a winning partnership with a common vision to enhance Indonesia’s military ambitions. We look forward to working together on these renewed topics, to build local knowledge and expertise and by doing so, further reinforce our commitment to Indonesia.” Guy BONASSI, Senior Vice-President, Asia, Eurasia & Latin America, Thales.



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