Indonesia: The Indonesian Army and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop missiles, rockets, and UAVs. Army Chief of Staff General Budiman and LAPAN Chief Bambang S. Tejasukma signed the MoU at the Army Headquarters at the Veteran Street, in Central Jakarta. The MoU is related to a cooperation agreement signed by the Army’s topography directorate and the institute some time back, to garner the benefits from aviation, science and technology. LAPAN will develop technologies for rockets, remote sensing satellites, atmospheric sciences and technology for unmanned aerial vehicles for spying and monitoring activities to support the state defense.
Under the MoU, the Army will spend about Rp3.5 billion in order to finance LAPANs research. "We will use a satellite to conduct monitoring activities for safeguarding the border areas. Army will also deploy LAPANs technology to effectively perform activities such as search and rescue operations, natural disaster mitigation efforts, and combating terrorism,” said Budiman.