IndoDefence 2016


“Bolstering Defence Industry Cooperation: Achieving a Global Maritime Fulcrum and Secure World”

November 2-5, 2016, Jakarta Indonesia:

This was the 7th Biennial Tri-service event in Jakarta, Indonesia; when they say “Tri-service,” it means that they combine a number of shows into the one event. IndoAerospace, IndoMarine, and IndoHelicopter are at the same site, with complementing events.

SADJ considers IndoDefence one of the top three shows in the Southeast Asia region, along with Defence & Security in Bangkok and Defence Services Asia (DSA) in Kuala Lumpur. These shows are on a schedule in alternate years and in the case of DSA, alternate time of year, so that vendors attempting to reach customers are assured of attendees that are not suffering from show burnout. Likewise, the attendees have the opportunity to see fresh presentations and products.

The people of the Republic of Indonesia take this show seriously- attendance is up all the way through the military and related sectors. H. E. Drs. H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, the Vice President of this Republic that has over 250 million people, opened the show. The Embassy attendance was from over 40 countries, from Afghanistan to the UK.

Twenty-two country pavilions were included in the 34,000 square meters and six areas of the show with a total of 44 countries represented by exhibitors. There were live vehicle demonstrations and trips to Russian Government warships. All through the show, events were concurrent with the open pavilions. Since the flow of attendees was over 22,400, there was a constant movement of people through the display floor regardless of any other attractions. Approximately 21,000 of the attendees were from Indonesia as we said, they take this show very seriously, and the other 1,400 were divided between 55 different countries.

While the various seminars and panel discussions were of great interest to the attendees in their various fields, for us the action was on the show floor.

Komodo Armament, a local manufacturer, has products ranging from pistols to sniper rifles. The workmanship is impressive as are the results in firing from the discussion we had with the company. As seen in this photo, Komodo is manufacturing an entirely locally designed “Minigun.” The delinker-feeder is a unique design, and the entire process makes an electrically operated Gatling type machine gun for about 1/3 the cost of the modern M134 series on the market. Komodo is looking only for local government sales with this.

The most prominent military production group in Indonesia is PT Pindad (Perseo) which was started in Indonesia in 1983. Pindad makes everything from Special Operations Vehicles to heavy equipment, with massive production facilities. They have an enormous selection of small arms that are built entirely at their facilities from the SS1-V series (an FNC series rifle and carbine) to the SS2-V series, which is an indigenous design having about 8 models available. SS2 are piston-operated and have many features that guarantee reliability. Pindad also makes the SM2-V1 (MAG-58) and the SMB-1 (M2HB), as well as a line of well-developed sniper rifles. The newest additions are a 9×19 mm submachine gun called the PM2-V1 and a suppressed version, the PM2-K2. Pindad’s booth was one of the busiest at the show and not just with the local military.

Komodo Armament of Jawat Barat, Indonesia, is a local manufacturer and factory representative. They had an extensive display, and this included Tanfoglio’s new TCMP machine pistol, in 9×21 mm.

Rippel Effect’s twin six-shot 40×46 mm grenade launchers always draw a crowd, and in this case, was used to show the 4th generation of Rippel launchers. These launchers not only fire the 40×46 mm low velocity, but are designed to fire the 40×51 mm medium range ammunition extending the launcher’s effective range to 600+ meters.

One of the biggest failings in the RPG-7 system comes from the smorgasbord of new grenades that are out there and the sighting system which dates back to the 1960s. There are new weights, velocities and ranges and sighting them is very different. There have been some very complex attempts to resolve this, but Arsenal JSCo of Bulgaria has found a quick and very accurate solution, with one optic. The operator dials in the round he’s using on the SGL-7MAO optic, and the reticle provides for proper trajectory calculation. Arsenal’s PG-7 series rounds are well known for quality, and this sight makes training much faster.

Aimpoint presented their 3rd generation MPS-3 heavy weapons sight, shown here on an M2HB .50 caliber machine gun. SADJ has used this passive electronic reflex collimator sight on M2HB and M240 machine guns and found it to be robust, and with the 2 MOW dot size it doesn’t lose targeting at longer distances.

Profense LLC’s M134 minigun gets a big thumb’s up from Indonesian military- and Profense President David Messersmith. The Profense M134 was a big crowd pleaser, and their agent had a GAU-19A set up showing rebuild capability. Interestingly, Profense announced what was coming soon; the PF50 .50 BMG Chaingun. It’s 60 inches long, 4.95 inches wide, 8.85 inches in height, the cases eject forward, uses M9 links, and fires at 450-550 RPM with a burst limiter.