JAKARTA – An array of strategic defense products manufactured by PT Dahana were welcomed by the country’s top officials. After the visit of President Joko Widodo who was accompanied by Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’ Armed Forces Commander General Andika Perkasa and National Police Chief General L. Sigit Prabowo; the Army Chief of Staff (KASAD) General Dudung Abdurrahman visited Dahana at the DEFEND ID Pavilion in Hall A-279 JI Expo Kemayoran, on Friday (4/11/2022).
The General was welcomed directly by the Chief Executive of the DEFEND ID Exhibition who is also the Director of Technology & Development of PT DAHANA Ir. Suhendra Yusuf Ratuprawiranegara, M.I. Kom., C.NSP. General Dudung seemed enthusiastic about reviewing Dahana’s strategic defense products.
“The General expressed his interest in the Rajata drone and asked for a test,” Mr Yusuf told the media.
My Yusud added that during the visit the Army Chief of Staff also expressed his support for the development of defense products of PT DAHANA.
“The Army Chief of Staff directly confirmed his supports to the inventions and innovations of defense equipment made by DAHANA,” said Mr Yusuf.
The largest international defense exhibition in Southeast Asia, the Indo Defense 2022 Expo & Forum, was held by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense at the JI Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta, from November 2 to 5, 2022.
PT DAHANA’s strategic defense products includes a variety of energetic material products such as rockets and launch vehicles, fighter bombs, Counter-tank Weapons (SLT), Manpads and a smart drone called RAJATA. Listening to Suhendra’s explanation, President Jokowi looked happy. He also explained that recently Dahana along with the Ministry of Defense and Indonesia’ Board for Research and Innovation (BRIN) successfully carried out a static test of the Rhan 450 Rocket which showed a better result.
“Apart from displaying defense products, the exhibition will also carry out several other agendas such as signing a courtesy call cooperation contract, and DEFEND ID Talk. And no less interestingly, there will be product demos from Pindad and Dirgantara Indonesia at Pondok Duyung and Halim Perdana Kusumah,” explained Suhendra.
He added that the signing of the contract between DEFEND ID and partners was witnessed by President Jokowi and several of his ministers on the opening day of the exhibition on November 2, 2022 at the Sharing Area of the DEFEND ID Pavilion. The committee also held a meeting of DEFEND ID company leaders with banks, especially HIMBARA for potential opportunities for investment cooperation in DEFEND ID.