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    Moscow, Jakarta in Talks Over BMP-3F Amphibious Vehicles for Indonesian Navy

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    Russia and Indonesia are discussing the supply of a new batch of Russian BMP-3F amphibious infantry fighting vehicles for the Indonesian navy, Deputy Director of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Sergei Goreslavsky said Thursday.

    JAKARTA (Sputnik) — The talks are being held on the sidelines of the ongoing Indo Defence 2016 International Forum taking place in the Indonesia capital Jakarta. The event, taking place on November 2-5, is one of Southeast Asia's biggest defense industry events and is attended by over 25,000 delegates representing over 750 companies from 55 countries. The Russian exhibit is organized by Rosoboronexport, which is showcasing over 200 pieces of military hardware.

    "The Russian and the Indonesian sides are working on a project to supply the third batch of BMP-3F vehicles for the Indonesian navy. Currently, Rosoboronexport and Indonesian representatives are carrying out consultations on the matter," Goreslavsky told RIA Novosti.

    Rosoboronexport has brought a real vehicle to showcase at the exhibition, he added, noting that the exporter is actively promoting the BMP-3 variant on the Asia-Pacific market.

    "The vehicles are unrivaled in their class on the international arms market in terms of their tactical and technical characteristics, combat capabilities and the cost efficiency ratio. We therefore expect the Indonesian navy top continue purchasing BMP-3Fs," Goreslavsky added.

    The first batch of BMP-3F vehicles was supplied by Russia to Indonesia in 2010 after the two countries signed an agreement for Russia to provide a $1 billion-dollar loan during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Jakarta in 2007. In 2013, Indonesia purchased a further 37 vehicles worth $114 million.

    BMP-3F is a variant of the BMP-3 designed for operations at sea with increased buoyancy and stability. Equipped with water jet propellers, it is capable of speeds of over six miles per second over water and can operate for up to seven hours in amphibious operations.


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