Indonesia has signed a contract for the purchase of 22 more BMP-3Fs and 21 BT-3F armored personnel carriers
On April 22, 2019 in Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with the Russian Rosoboronexport JSC worth $ 175.2 million for the purchase of 22 infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3F and 21 BT-3F tracked armored personnel carriers for Indonesia's marine infantry. Of this amount, $ 108 million accounted for the purchase of 22 BMP-3Fs and $ 67.2 million for the purchase of 21 BT-3Fs. Thus, Indonesia became the launch customer for the BT-3F armored personnel carrier. The ceremony of signing by the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia a contract with Rosoboronexport for the purchase of 22 infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3F and 21 tracked armored personnel carrier BT-3F for their marine corps. Jakarta, 04.22.2019 (c) Ministry of Defense of Indonesia
According to the press release of the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia, the purchase is financed "by foreign loans" [apparently Russian]. From the side of bmpd,
we recall that the contracted 22 units of the BMP-3F will be the third batch of these machines for the Indonesian Marine Corps. Previously, the Marine Corps of Indonesia (Korps Marinir - KORMAR) has already received 54 infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3F manufactured by Kurgan Machine-Building Plant (KMZ) modified for marine in two contracts with Rosoboronexport - the first 17 vehicles of the BMP -3F and one BREM-L in 2010 under the contract of 2009, and another 37 vehicles of BMP-3F in 2013 under the contract of 2012 worth $ 114 million.
Back in November 2016, the head of the Rosoboronexport delegation at the Indo Defense 2016 defense exhibition held in Jakarta, Sergey Goreslavsky, told RIA Novosti that "the Russian and Indonesian sides are working on a project to supply the third batch of BMP-3F for the Indonesian Navy. Currently, Rosoboronexport "and representatives of the Indonesian side are holding bilateral consultations on this issue."
As for the BT-3F tracked amphibious armored personnel carrier (OCD "Bronya"), it was developed by the Special Design Bureau of Machine-Building JSC (SKBM, Kurgan) based on the BMP-3F initially to a large extent with an eye to promoting Indonesia’s marine in the first place, which in the end was a success. The decision to create a BT-3F was approved in 2010, for the first time a sample of the BT-3F was presented at the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2016.
In August 2017, the commander of KORMAR, Major General Bambang Sushwantono, and a delegation of senior officers of the Indonesian marines visited Russia specifically to familiarize themselves with the BT-3F and discuss the issue of its procurement. During the visit, Major General Bambang took part in the International Military-Technical Forum Army 2017, including a ground demonstration of the BT-3F in Kubinka held specifically for the Indonesian delegation, and also visited the SKBM and KMZ in Kurgan.
The decision to purchase the BT-3F was finally made by KORMAR based on the results of the unsuccessful experience of testing five Ukrainian armored personnel carriers BTR-4 (8x8) received in 2016, demonstrating, in particular, poor seaworthiness. As a result, the Indonesian Marine Corps refused the planned acquisition of another 50 BTR-4s.