Philippines, Indonesia discuss possible defense equipment partnership

9:13:00 PM
MANILA, -- The Philippines and Indonesia are open to possible defense equipment trade.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a statement Tuesday, said this topic is among those discussed by President Benigno Aquino III and Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting in Malacanang Monday.

He said “the Philippines and Indonesia share common concerns in the areas of political, legal and security issues.”

”Further discussions will be pursued by both countries to identify and flesh out possible areas of cooperation regarding this matter,” he said.

Widodo arrived in Manila last Sunday for his two-day first state visit in the Philippines after being declared as Indonesia’s President in July 2014.

He was given a state dinner Monday before he left the country late last night.

During his visit, the Philippines and Indonesia signed three memorandum of understanding (MOU) focused on wider cooperation on education, enhanced support on vocational training and strengthened fight against drug trafficking.

The two countries also signed a joint declaration on the protection of migrants and migrant workers.

On 20 June 2012, it was reported that the IPTN NC-212 Aviocar light lift transport aircraft from Indonesia was chosen and a total of 2 units will be acquired for PhP 814 million (USD 18.9 million). 

On September 26, 2013 the The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) declared PT Dirgantara Indonesia/Indonesian Aerospace (PT DI/IAe) as the only qualified bidder. 

They are offering the Series 200, Series 300 and the Series 400 versions of the IPTN NC-212 Aviocar. 

The version to be delivered is the NC212i, the new generation of aircraft types NC212-200 or NC212-400.

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