Lawmakers appear to have blown apart plans by the Indonesian Military (TNI) to purchase 100 German-made Leopard tanks.
In comments likely to embarrass the military, House Commission I, which oversees security and foreign affairs, said the tanks were “unsuitable” for Indonesian conditions.
Commission chairman Mahfudz Siddiq said the tanks, the mainstay battle tank of a number of militaries around the world, including neighbor Singapore, were too heavy for use in Indonesia.
“They might be suitable for use on European terrain but not in Indonesia,” the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) legislator said.
Commission deputy chairman Tubagus Hasanuddin, from the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), reiterated Mahfudz’s stance, saying “this type of tank is not suitable for Indonesia as archipelagic nation.”