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Indonesian Army Receives Turkish-Made ‘Kaplan’ Tanks

The Indonesian Army has officially commissioned 10 Turkish-made tanks as part of its efforts to bolster its ground defense capabilities.

Known as the Kaplan (Tiger), the armored vehicles were handed over by President-elect Prabowo Subianto during a recent ceremony.

According to the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara, the tanks are equipped with 7.62-millimeter machine guns and two-man lightweight turrets.

They also boast laser warning systems, as well as increased ballistic and landmine protection.

Turkish manufacturer FNSS said the “versatile” tanks will bridge the gap between main battle tanks and light armored vehicles, “offering a balanced solution” for modern military operations.

The first batch of Kaplan tanks was delivered to Jakarta in March 2022 as part of an agreement signed in 2015.

Increased Cooperation

In addition to the Kaplan tanks, Indonesia said it had inked a joint production deal with Turkey for 12 ANKA drones.

The unmanned platforms are expected to improve the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities of the Indonesian military.

The cooperation also reflects Jakarta’s acknowledgment of Turkey’s expertise in building cutting-edge systems for the military, the embassy said.

Previously, Indonesia signed a contract with Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan for the supply of Khan tactical ballistic missiles.

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