Indonesia’s PT Pindad has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Paramount Group for the local development, industrialisation and joint marketing of armoured vehicle systems for the Indonesian armed forces.
The agreement was signed during the Defence & Security 2019 exhibition in Thailand, which concluded on 21 November. It provides for the development, local industrialisation and joint marketing of next generation armoured vehicle systems, in response to the local requirements of Indonesian armed forces. The agreement would enable local manufacturing through technology and skills transfer, the strengthening of local land systems capability, and the creation of new jobs, Paramount said on Monday.
Abraham Mose, President Director of PT Pindad said, “We hope the cooperation with Paramount Group may allow us to develop more defence products together, specifically in the field of armoured vehicles, which will bring mutual benefits for both companies.”
PT Pindad said it hoped to sign contracts with strategic partners to support the procurement of the Harimau medium tank, amongst others. The Harimau is being developed by PT Pindad and Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri. Another platform identified by PT Pindad for possible collaboration was the X18 fire support vessel (Tank Boat), developed in collaboration with Indonesian shipbuilder PT Lundin.
Eric Ichikowitz, Senior Vice President of Paramount Group said. “Indonesia is a regional powerhouse with strategic importance for stability and economic growth in South East Asia. We are pleased to partner with PT Pindad, the state-owned company with heritage of more than 200 years. There are excellent synergies between our respective organisations laying the foundation for innovation, technology development and the bolstering of local defence capabilities.
“Building defence industrial eco-systems through strategic alliances have been the cornerstone of Paramount’s portable manufacturing model and we are excited to develop our armoured vehicle systems technologies and solutions through strong and long-term partnerships.”
Ichikowitz added: “We are looking forward to the application of our world-leading design and engineering expertise to develop and produce a range of armoured vehicle systems that is specifically designed to meet the requirements of local end users, including internal security and defence forces.”
PT Pindad was a major exhibitor and Defence & Security 2019, exhibiting vehicles, small arms and other weapons. It also signed an agreement with Malaysia, and a letter of intent with Belgium’s John Cockerill Defence on the supply of 18 Cockerill 3105 turrets for the Harimau tank.