Brunei agrees to Pindad weapons, APC purchase: Jokowi

Brunei agrees to Pindad weapons, APC purchase: Jokowi


Jakarta —  President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said that Brunei Darussalam agreed to purchasing Anoa armored personnel carrier (APC) and other military equipment from state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad. The agreement was made on Thursday (03/05) during a meeting between Jokowi and visiting Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bokiah at Bogor Palace in West Java. After their meeting, the two leaders headed to the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta. Jokowi said he also offered the Brunei Sultan aircraft from state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI). “But the deal that has been reached is that Brunei will buy weapons and Anoa from Pindad,” the President said on Thursday. He did not provide details on the weapons deal and how many Anoa vehicles to the neighboring country would purchase. While at TNI headquarters, Jokowi and Bolkiah attended a weapons demonstration and visited an exhibition of primary weapons defense system. During their meeting, the leaders discussed variety of issues, including better protection for migrant workers. According to government data, 80,000 Indonesian migrant workers are in Brunei, which has 400,000 total citizens. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced on Thursday that the two leaders’ agreement would be drafted into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would include regulations to ensure robust protection for the placement of Indonesian migrant workers.