JAKARTA – The President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited the DEFEND ID Booth at the Indo Defense 2022 Expo & Forum Exhibition at JI Expo Kemayoran on November 2, 2022. The President was accompanied by Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s Armed Forces Commander General Andika Perkasa and National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo for direct review of defense products produced by DEFEND ID.
President Joko Widodo reminded Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto of the importance of encouraging cooperation between the domestic defense industry and foreign companies.
"I consider this (event) as good for promotion, especially for defense and security equipment products, and the most important thing is that I conveyed to the Minister of Defense the importance of our cooperation with companies from other countries," said President Jokowi.
On that occasion, the President said he was happy because DEFEND ID, the holding of the defense industry SOEs, has targeted to be included in the list of 50 world-class defenses and therefore Indonesian-made products must be developed as well as possible.
Meanwhile, President Director of PT Len Industri (Persero) Bobby Rasyidin reported on the development of DEFEND ID following the launch by the President on April 22, 2022. According to Mr Rasyidin, there has been an increase in terms of fulfillment of the Domestic Content Level (TKDN) for the products of the Defense Industry SOEs.
"We continue to carry out the President's message at the launch of the Holding to increase the domestic content level to 50% for key technologies and to become the world's 50th largest industry in the defense industry by 2024," said Mr Rasyidin.
This year, DEFEND ID made its first appearance as a holding at the Indo Defense 2022 Expo & Forum Exhibition. The largest defense exhibition in Indonesia was attended by 158 domestic companies and 747 foreign companies from 59 countries. Indo Defense will be held in three locations at once, namely the Indo Defense Expo and Forum at JIExpo Kemayoran, the Indo Marine Expo and Forum at Pondok Dayung Jakarta, as well as the Indo Aerospace Expo and Forum at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base.
"Apart from displaying defense products, some other agendas have also been carried out during the exhibition, such as signing a Cooperation contract which was attended by the president, courtesy call, and DEFEND ID Talk. And no less interestingly, there will be product demos from Pindad and Dirgantara Indonesia at Pondok Dayung and Halim Perdana Kusuma," explained Mr Rasyidin.
DEFEND ID is a SOEs Holding of the Indonesian Defense Industry with PT Len Industri (Persero) as the parent holding company with of PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL Indonesia, PT Pindad and PT DAHANA as members. DEFEND ID was launched by the President of the Republic of Indonesia on April 20, 2022 in Surabaya with the target to be the top 50 world defense companies.
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