Surabaya, E Java (Antara Bali) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed hope that the military's weapon systems can be increased and modernized in the upcoming years under the new government.
Yudhoyono pointed out that during the first five years of his term in office, he had successfully integrated the Indonesian Army, Navy, and Air Force.
"The first five years of my leadership were spent in filling up the gaps needed to replace the defunct defense equipment," the president noted during the 69th Indonesian Military Day Commemoration in Surabaya, on Tuesday.
In the meantime, in the last five years or Yudhoyono's term during 2009-2014, the government focused on increasing the strength of the military and modernizing defense equipment for maintaining the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia.
Yudhoyono stated that the new defense equipment added to the military's inventory were main battle tanks, cannons, air defense missiles, anti-tank missiles, transport helicopters, and assault helicopters along with ammunition.
Besides that, Yudhoyono affirmed that the military's new weapon systems comprised corvette warships, anti-missile fast ships, destroyers, multi-frigates ships, multi-barrel tactical rockets, medium-sized transport aircraft, training aircraft, Hercules transport aircraft, and fighter aircraft.
Most of the newly added major defense equipment will be showcased during the commemoration as a report to the government.
The Indonesian military's commemoration ceremony was also attended by Vice President Boediono, President-elect Joko Widodo, and elected Vice President Jusuf Kalla, among several other high-ranking state officers.
On Monday (October 6), Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro stated in Jakarta that for the 2010-2014 period, the budget for defense equipment was Rp162.98 trillion, of which 75.48 percent or Rp122.2 trillion has been utilized.
Purnomo remarked that the government was committed in its efforts to build the strength of its defense forces, both in terms of the budget and procurement of defense equipment.
The Indonesian defense minister was optimistic that the next government will also support the development of defense equipment. (WDY)