RUSSIA TO SUPPLY BMP-3F FIGHTING VEHICLES TO INDONESIAN ARMY
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is negotiating a contract with Russian statecontrolled arms exporter Rosoboronexport, for supply of its BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Indonesian Army. Ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Hartind Asrin, was quoted by VIVA news as saying that the MoD and the Indonesian Army were still looking through the light-weight tanks purchase contract. Asrin, however, refused to reveal the contract budget and the number of BMP-3F units that Indonesia will procure from Rosoboronexport. The selection of the BMP-3F is in agreement with the Indonesian Army’s specification as the user of these light-weight tanks, according to Asrin. The vehicle is armed with a 100mm gun, which is capable of firing 9M117 Bastion laser-guided, anti-armour missiles, as well as ordinary HE-FRAG projectiles. Corps under the General Armaments Department (GAD) of the PLA, the robot is capable of providing assistance during dangerous EOD operations. During the testing, the remotely controlled robot went to an EOD area on the test ground, crossing grassland, climbing stairs, overcoming obstacles on the ground and transmitting real-time pictures, such as state and ambient media of unexploded ordnance, back to the rear control platform. The Research Institute of Engineering Corps head, Yang Jianhao, said the EOD robot can change the shape of its tracks according to terrains and can move, not only on city streets, stairs and in alleys, but also across grassland and desert. The robot exhibits portability, flexibility, good controllability and wide applicability and is primarily designed to conduct EOD missions, such as mine detonating, live-ammunition exercise and anti-terrorism and antiviolence operations. Ventures Vice President, said the system's ability to provide information on the location and speed of the threat, gives commanders the advanced warning they need to make decisions to safeguard troops in the battlefield. The threat detection system is designed for use on the tactical battlefield and contains a sophisticated detection algorithm, which is used by an array of networked sensors to provide a high probability of threat detection in remote locations. In addition to the detection capability, each remote sensor is capable of measuring wind speed and direction, temperature and humidity and providing location data. It also collects an air sample for subsequent biological agent confirmation and identification.