Jakarta: Deputy Minister of Defense Sakti Wahyu Trenggono will ask for an increase in the national defense industry budget to the Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
"We will try as best as possible. What can be done locally will be done. It is currently being calculated," said Trenggono at the Presidential Palace Complex, Central Jakarta on Friday, November 8, 2019.
Trenggono said that his party would provide maximum opportunities to several national defense industries, such as PT Pindad, PT PAL, and PT Dirgantara Indonesia. He and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto reviewed PT Pindad this week.
"Give them a chance so they can develop faster," he said.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asked Prabowo to optimize the use of the budget in the defense sector. Jokowi wants the minimum essential force to be met even if imports of defense products or defense equipment are reduced.
The Ministry of Defense received an allocation of Rp131.2 trillion in the 2020 state budget. The figure increased by Rp21.6 trillion compared to the previous year.