REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Member of Commision I of the Golkar Faction Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi said Indonesian Navy's image has weakened in the neighborhood countries.
He urged the Ministry of Defense to evaluate military products purchased from China, following an incident in joint naval exercise XXIV/2016 at Banongan Beach, Situbondo, East Java.
On Wednesday (9/14), President Joko Widodo witnessed the failed attempt to launch Chinese-made C-705 anti-ship missiles from two war craft. Those missiles was failed to launch immediately after it was fired. Several minutes later, the missle finally blast off.
"It was a very embarrasing incident," Bobby said, Friday (9/16), Antara quoted.
Bobby said the incident should be investigated and evaluated, whether the missiles that costs around Rp 20 billion per item was damaged before it was accepted or a data communication device was broken..
"I support the Navy to suspend military cooperation with China in terms of missle contract C-705 and cancel the intention to buy more. The Navy should switch to other countries," he said.