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.

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