Indonesia’s defense industry: the key to power?

12 January 2015

Since 2010, the Indonesian government has embarked on an ambitious journey of « revitalizing » and developing its defence industry. Between economic optimism, political opportunities and constraints, strategic issues and operational challenges, the ascent of Indonesia’s defence industry raises many questions. Transpiring from this development are the sheer complexity of a country’s “emergence”, and the strategies of its leaders. This note offers an entry point to an issue that is necessarily multifaceted, but also critical for the future of Indonesia’s place and role in the global arms market, and equally key to a seemingly ever more fragile regional stability.   

Crédit photo : Blindé "Badak" (rhino), développé par l’entreprise indonésienne PT Pindad, en collaboration avec le fabricant belge CMI (tourelle).