President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono: Don’t worry about modernization of Indonesia’s armaments

My turn: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono climbs into a T-50i Golden Eagle, a fighter jet manufactured by Korean Aerospace Industries during a ceremony at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta on Thursday. Sixteen T-50i Golden Eagle fighter jets will replace the Hawk MK 53, the trainer aircraft used by Air Squadron 15 since 1980 at Iswahjudi air base in Madiun, East Java. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

My turn: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono climbs into a T-50i Golden Eagle, a fighter jet manufactured by Korean Aerospace Industries during a ceremony at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta on Thursday. Sixteen T-50i Golden Eagle fighter jets will replace the Hawk MK 53, the trainer aircraft used by Air Squadron 15 since 1980 at Iswahjudi air base in Madiun, East Java. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Yudhoyono has asked other countries not to worry about Indonesia’s step to modernize its main armament systems, arguing that the move is merely aimed at upholding sovereignty and keeping the territory intact.

“Some quarters abroad are worried about the modernization and intensification of Indonesia’s military strength. There is no need to worry. Indonesia is a peace-loving nation but the sovereignty and integrity of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia is of utmost importance. War is the last resort in the event of no other alternative,” the Yudhoyono tweeted on his twitter account @SBYudhoyono on Friday.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second right) made a fist after seeing the cockpit of Korean-made fighter jet T-50i Golden Eagle in the Air Force Base Halim Perdanakusumah, Jakarta. (ANTARA FOTO/Widodo S. Jusuf)

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (second right) made a fist after seeing the cockpit of Korean-made fighter jet T-50i Golden Eagle in the Air Force Base Halim Perdanakusumah, Jakarta. (ANTARA FOTO/Widodo S. Jusuf)

In line with the country’s robust economic growth in the past nine years, the modernization of the Indonesian military’s main armament systems is inevitable to allow it to conduct joint military operations, he stated.

“Today (Thursday, Feb. 13), we saw a squadron of 16 T-50i fighter jets to complete 24 F-16 and 16 Super Tucano planes, which are already in place. We also have equipped the squadron with Sukhoi fighter jets,” he added.

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) has also received nine CN-235s, nine C-130s, and a number of new helicopters, trainer planes and unmanned aerial vehicles, he explained.

“These main armament systems began to arrive in 2013. God willing, they will all enter the Indonesian military (TNI)s formation by 2018,” he asserted.

Editor: Ade Marboen/Antara News

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