Indonesia has decided to buy Leopard Main Battle Tanks (MBT) from Germany with delivery schedule to commence in October this year, a statement released by the Indonesian defense ministry said on Monday.
Defense Deputy Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said that the decision to buy those tanks from Germany annulled government's initial plans to buy them from the Netherlands.
Sjafrie said that the Netherlandish government provided no certainty regarding Indonesia's proposal to buy the Leopard tanks from that country.
The plan to buy Leopard main battle tanks were related to the government's strategic plans to improve army forces' might for the period of 2012 to 2014.
Sjafrie said that an allocation of $280 million has been set to procure those tanks.
He added that an initial delivery of 15 tanks from Germany would take place in October this year, followed with gradual delivery of up to 100 units until October 2014.