PT DAHANA (Persero)’s Budi Antono gave a speech during the Domestic Work Lecture (KKDM) held by the Defense Technology Faculty of Defense Technology (FTP), Defense University on April 29, 2021. The event, which was held online, raised the theme ‘Synergy of Defense Industry Technology in the West Java to strengthen the National Defense System’ with the sub-theme ‘Cartridge Emulsion (CE) Supply Chain Risk Management at PT DAHANA (Persero)’
In his presentation, Budi Antono said that currently the Defense Industry SOE was in the process of becoming a Defense Industry Holding consisting of by 5 SOEs, namely PT Len Industri (Persero), PT DAHANA (Persero), PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero), PT Pal Indonesia (Persero) and PT Pindad (Persero). PT Len Industri (Persero) serves as the holding coordinator. Dahana has a role to support all dimensions and platforms with the Energetic Material Center facility which is currently located in Subang, West Java.
"Energetics materials are required as the main raw material for weapons systems such as artillery systems, naval systems, rocket & missile systems, aircraft bombs, bomb & mortar systems and commercial explosives. The development of energetic materials important to support the entire platform (land, sea, air). One of those energetic materials is propellant, ”explained Budi Antono.
Propellant Industry Development is a strategic project related to national defense independence and therefore it is proposed to be continued because the raw material factory and supporting facilities have been built and only one more stage is required to integrate with existing facilities at the Energetic Material Center of PT DAHANA (Persero).
"The urgency of the propellant is related to the Independence of the National Defense Upstream Industry. Import of propellant is often affected by the issue of embargoes, therefore it is necessary to engage in independent mastery of this technology. Apart from that, the existence of the propellant industry in Indonesia can have a deterrence effect and employment encouragement while moving the wheels of the economy (industry), "explained Budi Antono.
Meanwhile, the second speaker, Dr. Timbul Siahaan, M.M said the same thing about the importance of the propellant industry in Indonesia.
"Indonesia already has the basic capital, namely PT DAHANA which can quickly become a propellant industry for their adequately available human resources and technology readiness that are yet constrained by the infrastructure," he said.
The strategic objectives of national defense include realization of a strong, independent and competitive defense industry. One of DAHANA's business lines is explosives for defense which produces defense products such as the Bomb P Series, Rhan-122b Rocket and its rocket launchers and other explosives.
More specifically, it can be said that DAHANA has become a defense industry ecosystem serving as a provider of explosives for all elements of the Indonesian National Army (TNI) and the Police.