Indonesia has outlined an ambitious military modernization plan through to the mid-2040s. The challenges of defending a vast archipelago amidst global threats support the country’s need to focus more resources on strengthening its overall defense capabilities. In support of Indonesia’s strong military ambitions, PT Len Industri and Thales have signed a strategic agreement for deeper collaboration on multiple defense 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 the President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo; Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto and other dignitaries.
“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,” said Bobby Rasyidin, President Director, PT Len Industri
“Thales aligns closely with Indonesia’s vision of building indigenous capabilities in the defense 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 defense industry, makes this a winning partnership with a common vision to enhance Indonesia’s military ambitions,” said Guy BONASSI, Senior Vice-President, Asia, Eurasia & Latin America, Thales.
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 modernization programs, this agreement strengthens Thales’ industrial footprint in Indonesia, as a strategic partner to help the country reinforce its armed forces and defenses across increasingly complex air and maritime domains. The agreement also affirms Thales’ commitment to building local expertise and growing its industrial footprint in Indonesia. Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and quantum technologies – to build a confident future crucial for the development of societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organizations, and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services, and products that help them fulfill their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions. Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021, the Group generated sales of €16.2 billion.