"Back in time, the Indonesian army was feared and respected by its allies thanks to the Soviet weapons, incredibly powerful at the time. We sincerely hope that the cooperation in the field will continue nowadays. We are interested in powerful weapons," Nurmantyo said at a meeting with Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
Nurmantyo said that his Moscow visit was organized at a direct order of the president of Indonesia.
In March, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu announced Moscow and Jakarta would sign in April a contract for the delivery of 10 Russian Su-35 Flanker multirole fighter jets to replace Indonesia’s fleet of F-5 Tigers.