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(Opinion) Indonesia Still Mulling New Submarine Purchase

2015-12-24 08:45:29       source:The Diplomat

By Prashanth Parameswaran


December 24, 2015


"Indonesia has still not made a decision on what type of submarines it will purchase, the country's navy chief said last week.


As I have noted previously, Indonesia currently only has two German-built Type 209 submarines, woefully inadequate for the world's largest archipelagic state. Defense officials say Indonesia needs at least 12 submarines by 2024 to police its waters. Indonesia ordered three South Korean submarines back in 2012, and officials had indicated earlier this year that two more new ones would be purchased - most likely from Russia - even though specifics were still unclear."


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