House of Reps Supports New Weaponry Purchase Through Budget Politics

Githa Farahdina    •    Sabtu, 04 Jul 2015 15:41 WIB
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 House of Reps Supports New Weaponry Purchase Through Budget Politics
Hercules crash in Medan (Photo: AFP), Jakarta: The House of Representatives' Commission I no longer encourages the Indonesian Military to purchase second hand weaponry, as it would cause moral shock to the personnel and understatement from foreign nations.

Deputy Chairman of Commission I from Golkar Party Fraction, Tantowi Yahya, expressed the legislative support to allow the military in purchasing new weaponry and equipment.

"It is for the military to modernize their weaponry and purchase little by little according to our capability. We will assist through the budget politic," Tantowi affirmed in a discussion in Warung Daun, Cikini Raya, Central Jakarta, Saturday (7/4/2015).

The weaponry problem had risen following the incident of Hercules crash in Medan, North Sumatra. The incident was highlighted as the aircraft was considered out of date on its 50th year of age.

But the military had denied that the aircraft was out of date. On the contrary, the military mentioned a radio antenna in a very close proximity with the airbase, causing the difficulties of maneuvering the plane.

As for the antenna near the military base, it has also become the attention of the House. Tantowi mentioned that the House had requested for any military airbase to be sterilized from public society.

There would be a possibility of the plane crashing down as it may bump the radio antenna of Joy FM, which was very close to the airstrip.

"So yesterday, Hercules was to return to base, if there had been no tower there, the story would be different. If it was far from public areas, casualties would be minimized from civilians. So, it has to be far from public residences," he claimed. (EPS)