Indonesian Marine Corps intends to acquire 79 more BT-3F armored personnel carriers in Russia
According to the Indonesian Defense Resource web site, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense has approved a request for 3.6 trillion Indonesian rupees ($ 286 million) for the purchase of an additional 79 Russian BT-3F tracked armored personnel carriers for the Indonesian marine. Together with the first 21 BT-3F armored personnel carriers, contracted in April 2019, this should bring the total number of these vehicles acquired by Indonesia to 100 units.
Recall that in April 2019, the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia signed a contract with a Russian joint-stock company Rosoboronexport for a total value of $ 175.2 million for the purchase of 22 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles and 21 BT-3F tracked armored personnel carriers for the Indonesian marine corps. Of this amount, the acquisition of 22 BMP-3F accounts for $ 108 million and the purchase of 21 BT-3F - $ 67.2 million. Supplies of equipment under this contract, which will be manufactured by Kurgan Machine-Building Plant JSC (KMZ), are now expected in 2021 -2022 years. Thus, Indonesia became the starting customer of the BT-3F armored personnel carrier.
Earlier, the Marine Corps of Indonesia (Korps Marinir - KORMAR) received 54 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles manufactured by KMZ in a modification for the marine corps under two contracts concluded with Rosoboronexport OJSC - the first 17 BMP-3F vehicles and one BREM-L in 2010 year under the contract of 2009, and another 37 BMP-3F vehicles in 2013 under the contract of 2012 worth 114 million dollars.
The BT-3F caterpillar floating armored personnel carrier (Bronya Design Bureau) was developed by the Special Engineering Design Bureau JSC (SKBM, Kurgan) on the basis of the BMP-3F initially to a large extent with an eye on promoting primarily the Indonesian Marine Corps, which ultimately crowned success. The decision to create the BT-3F was approved in 2010, for the first time the BT-3F prototype was presented at the Army-2016 International Military Technical Forum.
In August 2017, KORMAR commander Major General Bambang Sushvantono and a delegation of senior officers of the Indonesian Marine Corps visited Russia specifically to familiarize themselves with BT-3F and discuss its purchase. During the visit, Major General Bambang took part in the Army 2017 international military-technical forum, including a BT-3F proving ground specially held for the Indonesian delegation in Kubinka, and also visited SKBM and KMZ in Kurgan.