Fitri Bintang Timur and Jovita Komala – In February 2022, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto signed agreements with France to purchase 42 Dassault Rafale fighter jets and two
Military Ties & Arms Trade
May 4, 2022
April 9, 2022
Masrur Jamaluddin and Brad Lendon, Jakarta, Indonesia – The Indonesian and United States militaries are expanding their annual bilateral exercises to 14 participating countries, the Ind
March 25, 2022
Muhammad Zulfikar, Suharto, Jakarta – Chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI), General Andika Perkasa, and Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Kanasugi Kenji, have discussed plans for
March 16, 2022
Paris, France – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday, more than a month after Indonesia sealed a deal
March 4, 2022
Arrijal Rachman, Jakarta – Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff (KASAU) Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo at the Air Force headquarters on Friday assured that the Russian invasion of Ukr
February 12, 2022
M Zulfikar, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Indonesia's decision to purchase 42 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft and two Scorpene-class submarines from France is a strategic move to modernize th
February 11, 2022
Costas Pitas and Mike Stone, Los Angeles, United States – The US State Department has approved the potential sale of F-15ID aircraft and related equipment to Indonesia in a deal valued
Gabriel Honrada – France and Indonesia signed a deal this month for 42 Rafale fighter jets, making it the first operator of the French-built planes in Southeast Asia and pushing the Uni
Jakarta – Indonesia has agreed to buy six Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation, the first part of a bigger deal to bring in 42 aircraft over the next few years as Southea
February 10, 2022
Tassilo Hummel and Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia will order 42 Rafale fighter jets, France's defence minister said on Thursday, after the two countries signed a series of agreem
October 25, 2021
Dominggus Mampioper, Jayapura – September and October have been busy months for the Indonesian and Australian Army. Three joint exercises have been held in both countries.
October 22, 2021
Susan Price – About 200 Indonesian military personnel are taking part in a joint training exercise with 150 Australian troops in the Northern Territory.
October 21, 2021
Melissa Mackay – Battling heatwave conditions and pandemic precautions, about 300 Australian and Indonesian soldiers are conducting their largest ever annual joint combat training acros
Up to 200 Indonesian military personal are taking part in a joint military exercise with Australian troops in the NT.
September 17, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – State-run shipbuilder PAL Indonesia will manufacture two frigates for the Navy under license from UK-based defense company Babcock, following a recent London
September 10, 2021
Maggie Leung, Jakarta – Indonesia and Australia have agreed to strengthen defense cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism and mulled joint military exercises in the future.
September 9, 2021
Daniel Hurst – Indonesian troops could join regular training exercises on Australian soil, as part of a deepening of defence ties with Australia.
Chris Barrett and Anthony Galloway, Singapore – Australia has reaffirmed a joint commitment to fight terrorism with Jakarta as a new report warns pro-Islamic State cells in Indonesia ar
August 5, 2021
Jakarta – Thousands of military personnel from Indonesia and the United States are participating in joint drills for two weeks described as the largest ever between the two countries.
August 3, 2021
Marni Cordell – Charles Sraun was chatting with five friends at a house in Merauke, the easternmost city of the disputed Indonesian territory of West Papua, when police stormed the buil
July 22, 2021
Ian Storey – Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has been on an accelerated drive to modernise the TNI.
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Defense Ministry on Thursday confirmed that it is currently in the process of procuring six T-50i Golden Eagle trainer jets from South Korea that is wor
July 6, 2021
Jakarta – Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto seems to have put the controversy over the whopping arms procurement budget behind him, as he recently toured France and Germany to forge mil
June 27, 2021
Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesia and the United States have broken ground on a new $3.5 million maritime training centre in the strategic area of Batam, in the Riau Islands,
June 6, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian and US marine soldiers took part in a joint training exercise on conducting military operations on urban terrain (urban warfare) in Situbondo district, East
June 4, 2021
Jakarta – That Indonesia, among the largest archipelagic states in the world with a huge population and rich in natural resources, needs strong armed forces is beyond question.
June 3, 2021
Lim Min Zhang, Singapore – Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto spoke on the phone on Thursday (June 3), reaffirming the close and longstanding bi
May 29, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Defense and technology company Lockheed Martin has confirmed that the United States government will not stand in the way if Indonesia acquires the latest vers
May 27, 2021
Maire Leadbeater – New Zealand is more than a bystander – our Government repeatedly endorses Indonesia's sovereignty over West Papua and has defence ties with Indonesia.
May 19, 2021
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Issues on boycotting Israel products have once again emerged among the public in Indonesia following the increasing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
May 12, 2021
New Zealand is being urged to speak up about human rights abuses in West Papua, and to cut military ties with Indonesia.
May 11, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian and Chinese navies conducted a joint military exercise in the waters near Jakarta on May 8, 2021 to improve coordination during emergencies at sea, the
May 5, 2021
By Izzy Brown, as told to Zelda Grimshaw
April 16, 2021
Maire Leadbeater – As further details emerge about New Zealand's military exports, questions are growing about the country's role as a defender of human rights.
March 31, 2021
Artie Villasanta – Indonesia will buy as many as eight Mogami-class stealth frigates from Japan.
March 26, 2021
Tokyo, Japan – Japanese and Indonesian foreign and defense ministers will hold talks next week in Tokyo, the Japanese government said Friday, as Tokyo hopes to forge closer ties with So
March 23, 2021
Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – The National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in Papua said one of the problems that made them worried was about illegal arms trade in Papua Land.
March 18, 2021
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Thursday officially handed over the CN 235-220 MPA aircraft produced by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) to the Re
March 17, 2021
Yonhap – The head of South Korea's arms procurement agency on Wednesday attended a ceremony in Indonesia to mark the handing over of a 1,400-ton submarine to its navy, his office said.
March 11, 2021
Natalie Sambhi – At first glance, given their geographic distance, there seems little pushing France and Indonesia closer together.
December 28, 2020
Novan Iman Santosa, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo reignited an old debate in June when he sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner on the possibilities of buying 15
December 12, 2020
Kevin Knodell – On a rainy November day outside of Wahiawa at the 25th Infantry Division's Lightning Academy, a platoon of U.S.
November 29, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa has discussed military cooperation including the development of Platoon Exchange program with several U.S.
November 25, 2020
Pacific Media Centre – Campaigners at a TAPOL-hosted global webinar have called on the people of Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and other countries to stop fundin
November 19, 2020
Indonesian police in West Papua claim to have thwarted an underground arms syndicate in the region.
November 11, 2020
Koya Jibiki and Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto last month spent more than two weeks on a mission to solve a long-standing riddle of how Indonesia will replace
November 9, 2020
The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) condemns the recent murder of West Papuan Rapinus Tigau, a Catholic Catechist in the diocese of Timika, by the Indonesian military.
Tangguh Chairil – One year after securing a new title as defence minister of Southeast Asia's largest economy, Prabowo Subianto was finally able to visit America again in October.
October 23, 2020
Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and his French counterpart Florence Parly are aiming to sign a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) before the end of this year