Source: kaskus.us, alutsista.blogspot.com, Pikiran Rakyat, wikipedia.org, antara.
After some cancellations, finally President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) witnessed and inaugurated 40 Pindad panser delivery ceremony in Bandung, on Friday, July 10, 2009. At this time, Pindad over handed Anoa pansers to TNI-AD through Defense Office. This was a second delivery from Pindad after 20 pansers at first delivery and will be followed more 40 pansers until the end of this year as informed by Pindad CEO, Adik Alvianto.
Manufacturing 6 x 6 Anoa Panser by Pindad for total 154 units is a realization Rp 1.26 T (US$ 120M) contract between Pindad and Defense Ministry. This contract scheduled will be targeted to be finished its delivery in 2010, with 100 units in 2009 and remaining 54 units will be delivered in 2010 that consists of 50 regular 6 x 6 Anoa pansers and 4 units with 4 x 4 configuration for recon unit. The specs of these pansers are use Renault engine, 6 m long x 2.5 m wide x 2.5-2.9 high, 11 – 14 tonnes weight, monocoque armored w/ STANAG 4569 level 3, 12.7 machine gun and 40 mm automatic grenade launcher as main armament, power 320 HP and speed 90 km/h, electronic component such as radio and anti jamming. Mostly, all components have been produced by local factories, such as steel by cooperation with Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and PT Krakatau Steel (KS), electronics parts from PT LEN and now researching with Texmaco (Indonesian local private machine & truck manufacturer) for gearbox and engines for future plan.
At this time, former 4-star general, SBY took a ride on 6 x 6 Pindad panser for 1 km pass from CN-235 hangar to Management Center Building of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI). This delivery ceremony was held in DI instead of in Pindad’s yard was because there was no sufficient plenty room in Pindad to deal with 40 pansers line up during ceremony.
This indigenous project by Pindad is an evidence that Indonesian industries have reached the advanced industry standard, especially for military specification. Hopefully, for next development, Pindad and with other Indonesian counterparts and most importantly with government’s support (budget availability related) can create other creative products such as canon multi-wheeled vehicle, armored tracked vehicle and amphibious carrier with high worldwide standard as national pride and independence in Indonesian main armament system.