Collaboration between Turkey and Indonesia in the defense industry is increasing as two countries are engaged in joint production of tanks, drones, submarines, weapons and radar systems, while Indonesia have recently intensified efforts to jointly develop defense industry mechanisms and share military experience with Turkey.
Defense industry experts weigh in that Turkey and Indonesia are considering developing a tank project, KAPLAN MT, which will weigh around 35 tons, and will have a 700-horsepower engine. There will be two tanks in the first leg of production, one for Turkey and one for Indonesia. The development cost for the medium-weight tank is estimated at $11.5 million. The FNSS, a subsidiary of Nurol Holding, which operates in the industry, eyes the production of 40 tanks, while that number could go up to 200 if Indonesia is satisfied.
The KAPLAN MT tank is expected to make a powerful contribution due to its firepower and large ammunition options as well as its superior agility. A CMI Cockerill 3105 tower, equipped to fire high-pressured 105mm shells, provides the tank’s firepower.
One of the striking points in the joint venture is the production of submarines. The senior sources stressed that Indonesia wants to gain know-how and the deal is near completion. Experts said that the Turkish defense industry is producing six submarines in Turkey’s Gölcük shipyard under the license of ThyssenKrupp. The first submarine is set to be delivered in 2021.
An Indonesian delegation has already paid a visit to Turkey recently to inspect the production process. The first two submarines will be built in Turkey and the rest are planned to be jointly produced by an Indonesian company, experts believe.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has also recently reached a framework agreement with Indonesia’s PT Dirgantara Indonesia aerospace company to design a 50-seat aircraft.
Joint weapons production is not off the table, either. The two sides have not ruled out cooperation in the production of defense industry mechanisms.
The presidents of both countries portray a promising future for Turkish-Indonesian relations. “We agreed to expand our cooperation regarding submarine and drone building, and it will be followed up by teams from both countries,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said during his latest visit to Ankara. The Indonesian president asserted that Indonesia and Turkey are two countries with great potential to improve cooperation.