Indonesia must immediately make the baby steps and strike while the iron is still hot.
"Korea is very well aware of the leadership of Indonesia as we've seen this year as chair of G20 summit."
Some issues persist that may hinder the KF-21 Boramae program from achieving its objectives.
Indonesia, South Korea Cooperate to Develop Submarines
TheIndonesia.id - Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) General TNI Andika Perkasa encouraged more intense cooperation and interaction between the Indonesian Navy and the South Korean Navy. Currently, the two countries have collaborated to develop submarine technology.
Andika explained that a more intense relationship could strengthen the cooperation between the Indonesian Navy and the South Korean Navy in various fields, especially in the development of defense equipment and submarine technology. "I want to see the partnership between the South Korean Navy and the Indonesian Navy interact more closely and more intensely," Andika said to South Korean Naval Staff Chief Admiral Kim Jung-soo as broadcasted on General TNI Andika Perkasa's Youtube channel, monitored by Antara in Jakarta, Monday, March 28, 2022.
During the meeting, Admiral Kim Jung-soo through an interpreter said that he had discussed with the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, Admiral Yudo Margono, to increase military cooperation between the two countries. Kim Jung-soo told the TNI Commander that the two parties had agreed to increase cooperation in various fields.
Indonesia and South Korea have built military cooperation ranging from joint exercises to the development of defense equipment and submarine technology transfer. KRI Alugoro-405 is a form of military cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea, especially in the construction of submarine defense equipment. The submarine was built at PT PAL's shipyard in Surabaya, East Java, in collaboration with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), a South Korean shipbuilding, equipment, and marine technology company.
Related to that, the TNI Commander asked the Navy to dig up more knowledge from South Korea, which already has a lot of knowledge and information about submarine technology.
During a meeting between the TNI Commander, South Korean Chief of Staff, and the Navy Chief of Staff, Andika gave Kim Jung-soo a souvenir in the form of a rencong, a traditional Acehnese weapon. Andika hopes that Kim Jung-soo has a place in his office to display the rencong.
At the same meeting, Kim Jung-soo gave a historically valuable souvenir to the TNI Commander.