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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jakarta Looks to Moscow for Planned Submarine Purchase

Project 677 Lada-class SSKIndonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says the government will prioritize purchasing new submarines over fighters jets — and that it intends to buy them from Russia.

“The president has ordered the new purchase. Rather than buying 10 secondhand units [of submarines], it is better to purchase five new ones instead,” Ryamizard said in Jakarta on Monday after a closed-door meeting with legislators.

He added that Russian submarines would likely be chosen based on several considerations.

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