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Indonesian defense minister tours Russian section of arms exhibition in Jakarta

November 06, 2014, 9:10 UTC+3 JAKARTA

The minister showed interest in means of close combat - sniper rifles, pistols, machine-guns and grenade launchers, as well as Kilo class diesel-electric submarines

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JAKARTA, November 6. /TASS/. Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu familiarized himself on Thursday with Russian exhibits at INDO Defense 2014 exhibition, TASS reported from the site.

The minister showed a special interest in means of close combat - sniper rifles, pistols, machine-guns and grenade launchers.

He was also briefed on advantages of Kilo class diesel-electric submarines, in particular the 636 project that has long been of interest for Indonesia. These submarines are designed by Rubin Central Design Bureau in St. Petersburg.

All in all, there are 22 national pavilions at the defense exhibition that has been held since 2004. It traditionally presents all kinds of arms and military hardware for land troops and naval forces, aircraft and aircraft weapons, systems and means of air defence, IT technologies, means of unconventional warfare well as systems and means of communication.

This year, 525 companies from 45 countries demonstrate their exhibits on a total area of 10,000 square meters.

Fourteen companies present the Russian defense sector at this year’s exhibition.

According to Russia’s Rosoboronexport state-owned arms exporter, since 1992 Russia has exported to Indonesia Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets, Mi-17B-5 and Mi-35P helicopters, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers and BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles among other armaments.

Besides, some Soviet-era military hardware, including amphibious tanks PT-76 is in the inventory of the Indonesian army.

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