Parliament allocates Rp18 trillion for defense sector in 2013
Tue, September 4 2012 22:53 | 929 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Parliament agrees to set an Rp18 trillion budget for defense sector in the state budget draft 2013, Vice Chief of Commission I at the House of representatives (DPR) Tubagus Hasanuddin said here on Tuesday.
"The budget will be used gradually until 2014 to purchase new weaponry system such as fighting jet, combat vehicle, chopper and warship," Vice Chief of Commission I at the House of representatives (DPR) Tubagus Hasanuddin said.
"The budget will be used gradually until 2014 to purchase new weaponry system such as fighting jet, combat vehicle, chopper and warship," he said adding that the government had earlier proposed a Rp77 Trillion budget for defense sector in 2013 which is an increase compare to last year`s Rp72,54 Trillion.
Earlier President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the Indonesian military strength is still much below the minimum requirement.
Therefore, the government has continued to increase the military budget to strengthen and modernize the country`s weapon system, Yudhoyono said.
"In any country, the defense budget is relatively big. Therefore, I ask for good management of the budget," he said.
He said military operations are not only for state defense and security , but have expanded to overcoming natural disasters, peace keeping mission even to fight terrorism.
He said Indonesia has long stopped modernizing its weapon system, not only because the country was hit by financial crisis.
"Even before the crisis there was no significant increase in the military strength," he said.
Therefore, with an increase in the state budget thanks to strong economic growth, the country could finance the strengthening and modernization of the military, he said in a cabinet meeting at the military headquarters on development of national defense system.(*)
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