By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja
THE INDONESIAN Army continues to build strength by gradually equipping its Alutsista, or the primary weaponry defense system, says Army Chief of Staff General Budiman in a written speech delivered by the Indonesian Military Academy Governor Major General Sumardi, in the academy’s campus in Magelang Municipality, on Monday, May 19, 2014.
The Army, Budiman said, has been managing its unit organization, in modern day ways, based on both its system and science according to the characteristics of the nation of Indonesia.
The Indonesian Army has been working with universities and companies in the country, especially in weaponry researches.
“We need modern weapons technology development in order to support Army’s future tasks and missions”, Chief of Staff said.
He gave an example of how sophisticated the use of optronic sensors in integrated defense systems is.
Optronic sensors, that are particularly useful against low level targets, are “line of vision” sensors whose scope of performance is dependent upon the signal level emitted by the target and the absorption of that signal, by the atmosphere between the target and the sensor.
“A flapping-wing bird, is another example of advancement in lifesaving technologies for military vehicles”, he said.
It is a “bird” whose wings flap completely independently of each other, and also can be programmed to perform any desired motion, enabling the bird to perform aerobatic maneuvers.
A flapping-wing bird could be used either in emergency situations or long surveillance missions.
In order to achieve these objectives, Chief of Staff said, each Army personnel should change his/her old-fashioned pattern and way of thinking to suit the changing times, and emphasizing technology and science.***