Russia and Indonesia are considering

Varshavyanka, a Russian Navy Kilo class diesel-electric powered submarine. Photo: Novosti
Varshavyanka is one of 17 Kilo class (Project 636) diesel-electric powered submarine operating with the Russian Navy, five more are on order. Over 30 submarines of this class are operating with several Asian navies including China, Iran, India and Vietnam. Photo: Novosti

Russia and Indonesia are discussing the possibility to provide Russian submarines for the Indonesian Navy, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said last week, after his meeting with new Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“Indonesia already has experience in purchasing our equipment — helicopters, planes, armored vehicles and other items,” he said. “We are considering the possibility of supplying the Project 636 diesel-electric submarines (to Indonesia),” he noted.

The two countries hope to boost inter-state trade from $3 billion to $5 billion in the next two years, Manturov said. There are plans for energy cooperation and for construction of Russian oil refineries in Indonesia. “Our Indonesian counterparts have raised this issue for the first time,” the minister said. “We are ready to discuss and develop this area.”

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