On June 14th, French defence company Arquus and Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Pindad signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish future collaboration in land systems platform for Indonesia. This MoU covers the development and production of new armored vehicles, as well as corresponding systems and services. With this agreement, both companies agree to turn an exemplary relationship into an official, and larger scale partnership. Arquus and PT Pindad have been running a long-term and successful relationship over the past 15 years. Throughout these years, Arquus has been supplying PT Pindad with major components and parts which have been integrated in Indonesian-made armored vehicles.
“Pindad is a national defense industry in Indonesia wants to establish high quality land system platform solution supported by global standard products and components/parts from Arquus. The collaborative products is already acknowledged well not only in Indonesia national level, but also in Indonesian peacekeeping operations around the world”, said Abraham Mose, CEO of PT PIndad.
“The selection of Arquus as a potential first-rank partner of PT Pindad highlights the company’s 15- year long partnership with Indonesian Defense stakeholders, from the Army to the industry. Arquus has always supported Indonesia’s will to develop its sovereign capabilities in land Defense, so it is a privilege for us to be elected as partner”, said Emmanuel Levacher, President, Arquus.
In the framework of that cooperation, Arquus has notably supplied powerpacks for ANOA 6×6 APC vehicles and BADAK 6×6 IFV, currently serving in the Indonesian Army. Arquus has also supplied rolling chassis for the KOMODO 4×4 multipurpose vehicle. To keep building on this close relationship, Arquus and PT Pindad have decided to sign a MoU to officialize their discussions and establish their partnership. The aim of this MoU is to cooperate in the field of military vehicles and systems to address the current needs of the Indonesian Armed Forces. Such cooperation will cover multi-purpose armored vehicles, reconnaissance vehicles, APC and IFV, as well as remote-controlled weapon stations. It could also include development, product qualification, production and assembly, plus aftersales services.
Arquus is very pleased to get closer to its long-term partner with PT Pindad. The new MoU should help in structuring the ongoing and future cooperation between both companies, thus also helping renew Arquus’ commitment to Indonesia and presence alongside the Indonesian National Armed Forces. On top of its long-running relationship with PT Pindad, and the hundreds of ANOA, BADAK and KOMODO armored vehicles proudly serving daily, Arquus is a major supplier for the Indonesian Army. Arquus has indeed produced and delivered a total of 80 vehicles directly to the Ministry of Defense, including VAB, VBL and Sherpa Light vehicles in various configurations. Pindad showed off an Indonesian-made version of the Sherpa Light known as the Elang during a public exhibition event. The vehicle was made in limited quantities and only used by the 201st/202nd/203rd Mechanized Infantry Battalions of the Indonesian Army.