Defense modernization is Navy’s top priority (Chief of Staff)
As the largest island country, Indonesia must have a resilient naval force. Thus, the consolidation of naval power through the modernization of defense equipment will be one of the Navy’s priority programs.
Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA) – Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono has said upgrading defense equipment is one of the Navy’s priorities.
“As the largest island country, Indonesia needs to have resilient naval power. Therefore, consolidating naval power through modernization of defense equipment will be one of the priority programs of the navy,” said- he said at the inauguration of the new commanding officer of the KRI Teluk Palu-523 warship here on Wednesday.
The navy will also support the advancement of national defense industry and self-sufficiency, which is one of the government’s goals to enhance national security and defense within the framework of global political momentum, he said. he adds.
The Chief of Staff stressed that the development of defense equipment technology will not be an easy task, because defense technology is part of the development of military technology which will be the spearhead of technological advances in the world.
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“It is not difficult to understand this problem because the development of military technology will be oriented to obtain superiority and the advantage of adversaries; therefore, all countries will exert their efforts to create new technologies that no other country has never or has not yet done,” he noted.
According to Margono, since defense technology is very complex and the industry is expected to develop a self-sufficient national defense industry capable of meeting the technological demand, the commitment of relevant stakeholders is necessary.
Industry players need to build capacity through improved production quality and modern technologies to ensure that they can meet the demand of the national army and compete in the global market, did he declare.
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“For the Indonesian Navy responsible for naval defense and security, the tank carrier ship will be one of the most necessary defense equipment as the ship has various functions in naval and war operations, as well as other duties,” said the Navy Chief of Staff. Noted.
He also pointed out that the KRI Teluk Palu 523 and other ships of the same type will be of great benefit to the Navy, which will conduct humanitarian and disaster response operations in the future.
“The geographical conditions of Indonesia, with its thousands of islands, mean that transport ships will be essential. I believe that the presence of the KRI Teluk Palu 523 within the armada of the Indonesian Navy defense system will strengthen our power, our confidence and our performance in future operations,” remarks Margono.
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