Indonesia's 'pick and mix' arms shopping list

Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has been on an accelerated drive to modernise the nation’s armed forces. But there are significant drawbacks to his procurement strategy of diversification.

On Indonesia's air defence wish list are 35 Rafales (pictured), 36 US-built F-15 Advanced Eagle combat jets, as well as some transport aircraft. PHOTO: AFP

Despite the pandemic, Mr Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia's Defence Minister, has been racking up the frequent flyer miles.

In the past 12 months, he has visited Russia, America, France, Austria, Turkey and South Korea.

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