An Indonesian army chief, General Oumar Wirahadikusumah, visited aircraft works at Pau. His visit follows?
An Indonesian army chief, General Oumar Wirahadikusumah, visited aircraft works at Pau. His visit follows an official invitation by the French Ministry of Defence. General Wirahadikusumah has also visited other military bases in France during his visit.
This visit may be the latest move to equip the Indonesians with an efficient defence force. In December last year, a United States Military Intelligence spokesman announced that more than 90 per cent of Indonesia's defence force was out of action. He gave various reasons for this--but stressed that as the Indonesians had purchased more than 750 million dollars worth of equipment from the Soviet Union, there had been some difficulty in getting spare parts. He said that the Soviets had demanded hard cash for the parts and that Indonesia, already committed to a 30-year repayment scheme, could not afford to keep its forces up to date. Some time later it was announced that the United States was to grant an initial 13 million dollars to Indonesia to revive the defence force.
SYNOPSIS: At a defence establishment near Pau in the south of France, officials put on a display of helicopters for visiting Indonesian armed forces chiefs. The Indonesians were officially invited to France by the Ministry of Defence to see various military displays and were led by General Oumar Wirahadikusumah.
The visit to France may be the latest move to equip the Indonesians with an efficient defence force. At present, their Soviet-brought aircraft and ships are immobile because of difficulty in getting spare parts from the Soviet Union.
In December last year, a United States Intelligence spokesman announced that ninety per cent of the Indonesian defence equipment was out of action. He stressed that Indonesia had previously purchased more than seven hundred and fifty million dollars worth of equipment from the Soviet Union. They had agreed to pay for the equipment over a period of thirty years. British Intelligence later said that the Soviets were demanding hard cash for spare parts and that the Indonesians could just not afford to buy them.
Indonesia's present defence is concentrated on its army. The United States was considering granting an initial thirteen million dollars to provide transport and close-support aircraft, as well as small sea patrol boats for counter-insurgency operations.