Indonesian state-owned defense company PT Pindad has opened a new automated manufacturing to produce weapons system. PT Pindad’s managing director Abraham Mose said in late February the new facility is consistent with the company’s intention to invest in modern military technologies and that it would help the company meet its financial targets in 2020. The new plant is located within its headquarters in Bandung and will be positioned to support its production of front-line military vehicles such as the new Harimau medium tank, 90 mm and 105 mm combat vehicle turrets, mortar systems, optics, unmanned weapons systems, rockets and missile launchers, and remote-controlled systems.
The Harimau medium tank , also known as the Kaplan Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT), is a collaborative tank program between Turkish manufacturer FNSS and Indonesian manufacturer PT Pindad. The vehicles overall weight was reported to be around 35 tonnes, and the main armament would be provided by a Belgian-made turret developed by John Cockerill (CMI Defence) featuring a 105mm rifled barrel, capable of firing a wide range of projectiles. The mass production work began at the FNSS facilities. Under the agreement, FNSS will produce 18 HARİMAU MT tanks. The company will deliver the first ten tanks in Turkey and the remaining eight tanks will be delivered in Indonesia.