Indonesian parliament backs plan to buy Russian submarines- report

Jakarta is looking to buy Kilo-class diesel-powered submarines

 Varshavyanka class diesel-powered submarines. Source: RIA Novosti

The Indonesian government’s plan to purchase Russian Kilo-class diesel-powered submarines received support from a parliamentary body overseeing defense and foreign affairs, The Jakarta Post reported.

“Indonesia is a maritime country, since around 70 percent of its territory is oceanic, so sea security must be prioritized,” the report cited Indonesian parliamentarian Sukamta as telling a news agency.

Sukamta told Antara that the submarine was currently the most sophisticated of its kind, according to the report. “It’s similar to the Sukhoi SU-35 aircraft, which the Air Force wanted to have,” Sukamta said.

Last week,  Indonesia Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said Russian submarines could perform longer missions underwater and cruise at lower depths compared with the submarines from other countries).

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