Singapore and Australia Beguiled by Indonesian Submarine

Yogi Bayu Aji    •    29 September 2015 17:21 WIB
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Singapore and Australia Beguiled by Indonesian Submarine
Defense observer Andi Widjajanto. (Photo: MI / Ramdani), Jakarta: Defense observer Andi Widjajanto mentioned that Singapore and Australia were beguiled when the issue of Russian submarine purchase by the government broke out. The two neighboring countries purchased new subs to compete with Indonesia.

"Singapore has never had any submarine doctrines," said Andi in a book discussion of "Transformasi TNI: Dari Prajurit Kemerdekaan Menuju Tentara Profesional dalam Demokrasi" by Lt Gen (Ret) Agus Widjojo, at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies office, Jalan Tanah Abang III, Central Jakarta, Monday (9/28/2015).

According to him, Singapore panicked when Indonesia plans to purchase kilo class submarines from Russia. Hearing the issue, Lion Country then purchased a submarine. "There should be a doctrine first, then purchase the ship," said the former Secretary of the Cabinet.

Similar ideas, said Andi, was also experienced by Australia. They even plan to switch the Collins class subs with the new kind. "Funny thing was that Australia had switched (class) but we did not," concluded the lecturer of international relations at the University of Indonesia.

The issue of Russian submarine purchase broke out back in 2013. At the time, Minister of Defense Purnomo Yusgiantoro elaborated the purchase of submarine according to the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) strategic plan.

However, until today, the submarine has not yet docked in the archipelago. Last time, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu only confirmed that the government is to purchase new submarines, not used ones.

"The President's order is to buy new ones, rather than purchasing 10 second (hands), better to purchase 5 new ones," said Ryamizard, following the work meeting with Commission I of the People's Representative Council in Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, September 21.