Brunei to purchase from Indonesia


35 armoured personnel carriers

BRUNEI is set to acquire 35 armoured personnel carriers (APC) from Indonesia's state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad, reported The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The report quoting Indonesian Defence Ministry spokesman Sr Comr Hartind Asrin said Brunei 's first purchase would comprise 15 units of Pindad's 6x6 Anoa panzers.

The Anoa panzers are currently used by Indonesia's contingent to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

He added that Brunei had already tested the capabilities of the APC vehicles with a 100 kilometre test drive to see whether the engine heated up.

The APC vehicles are named after the Anoa, a type of buffalo indigenous to Indonesia. The prototype was first unveiled at the 61st anniversary of Indonesian National Armed Forces on October 5, 2006.

The APC vehicle participated in the land demonstration duringBRIDEX last July.

The Brunei government has also expressed interests in purchasing weapons including SS2 assault rifles but has decided to test them first, said Hartind.

The recent acquisitions are based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation signed between the two governments in 2003, which was recently ratified by Indonesia's parliament.

During President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's visit to the Sultanate last February, Brunei's Deputy Minister of Defence said the two countries will set up a joint committee to discuss how to further expand defence cooperation.

Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat added both governments would carry out joint training for its military forces and special forces. There is also a plan to send Brunei's military personnel to study at Indonesia's Defence University.

Earlier in the year, Brunei granted two patrol vessels KDB Waspada and KDB Pejuang to the Indonesian Navy for military training. The Brunei Times

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