WARSAW — Indonesia has signed a contract for five BTR-4 armored personnel carriers with Ukraineís Ukrspetsexport, a subsidiary of state-owned defense giant Ukroboronprom, the company said in a statement.
The new vehicles will be supplied to the Indonesian Navy. If the first batch is positively evaluated by the countryís military, Indonesia will order a further 50 armored vehicles from Ukraine, the statement said.
Ukrspetsexportís offer was selected by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense through a tender in which it topped bids by Russian manufacturers, the statement said.
The amount of the latest deal was not disclosed by the Ukrainian company.
The vehicle was designed by Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau. In its standard version, the eight-wheel-drive BTR-4 can carry a crew of three, and is fitted with a 500 horsepower diesel engine to reach 110 kilometers per hour, according to data released by the manufacturer. The carrier has a range of 690 kilometers.
Set up in 1996 and based in Kiev, Ukraine, Ukrspetsexport is the foreign sales arm of Ukroboronprom. ■