Pindad submit 33 Panzers APC-2 6x6 to the Ministry of Defense on January 13, 2010. The ceremony took place at PT. Pindad Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Bandung is a submission to the stage-3. Present on this occasion, Minister for State Owned Enterprises Mustafa Abubakar, Minister of Defense Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Minister of Research and Technology Suharna Surapranata and Director General of Defense Facilities, Ministry of Defense Eris Herryanto.
With submission of 33 Panzers, the total number that have been submitted to the Ministry of Defense is 93 units from 150 units APC-2 6x6 and 4 units reconnaissance of the Ministry of Defense orders, while the remaining 61 units with a contract value of Rp. 473 billion scheduled to be completed in 2010. From the 33 units submitted, 13 units will use military forces for peace missions in Lebanon.
In his speech the Minister of Defense, Yusgiantoro affirmed, the government remains supportive and totally committed in raising the domestic defense industry that will reflect the Indonesian National Army and a strong national defense. Year 2010 is the year of resurrection for the defense industry and toward independence in the process of revitalization of the defense industry needs to bear the cost and not as easy as turning the palm of the hand.
Similar submitted by the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Mustafa Abubakar, the existence of financing constraints in developing a state-owned defense industries, especially the defense budget constraints in the state budget, for domestic procurement of the main tools of weapons systems and other issues faced by the large dependence on the Ministry of Defense.
Since the beginning of Pindad orders 150 units of Panzer APC-2 6x6 and 4 types of reconnaissance of the Ministry of Defense in 2008, Pindad committed to completing the order in accordance with the agreed contract, irrespective of the budget problems. President Director of Pindad Adik A. Soedarsono expects the government to help strategic industries such as Pindad to realize some of the initial payment for each purchase that will help resolution of the main tools of weapons systems procurement program on time. Besides provision of the main tools of weapons systems for domestic needs, Pindad is now preparing to purchase plans 32 Panzer Pindad by Malaysia that will be used by the Malaysian peacekeepers soldiers in Lebanon as well as opportunities Panzer orders of Nepal. This may be the era of the rise of the defense industry forward, hopefully.