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Len-Indonesia Defense University cooperation on NCW-Based Interoperability Technology

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The Indonesia Defense University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation of Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi and Improving the Quality of Human Resources.

The signing was carried out by the President Director of Len Industri, Zakky Gamal Yasin and the Rector of the Defense University Laksdya TNI Amarulla Octavian in the Mandalawangi Room, PT Len Industri (Persero) in Bandung earlier last week. The two parties have previously collaborated in the development of renewable energy and in the field of defence technology in 2018 and 2017.

This initiative was carried out by Len Industri and the Defense University in an effort to improve education, research, development of science and technology, especially in the defence sector by involving academics, government and industry.

The two sides then held a Round Table Discussion which discussed the theme of Interoperability Technology Design Based on Network Centric Warfare (NCW) to support the TNI Tri Matra Fiscal Opsgab with a goal of Improving national defence. NCW is a modern warfare doctrine that interconnects sensor and action units under integrated command and control.

Zakky in his remarks at the event emphasised that the synergy is expected to provide research contributions which later can be implemented to meet the demand for national defence and security needs. He confirmed that Len Industri has given full support to the implementation of Education and Training (On The Job Training), including the use of facilities according to the competencies to be achieved during this OJT.

A number of students and teaching lecturers also conducted scientific research and community service or OJT (On The Job Training) at Len Industri for 3 days from 4 to 6 November 2020. Students were encouraged to take the time to interact closely with the engineering team (defence electronics) of PT Len Industri (Persero). The partnership is optimistic that there is potential for joint research between the Defense University and Len Industry for the implementation of Network Centric Warfare (NCW) to produce innovations that are relevant to the needs of national defence equipment.

In his speech, the Rector of the Defense University explained that master and doctoral students could focus more on carrying out their research. He said the Sea Station for Sea Control in the Sunda and Lombok Strait could become a new market or business opportunity for Len Industri in the maritime sector. The Indonesian Defense University has succeeded in conducting research on communication and coastal surveillance radars that can be installed on the ideal coastal station for sea control.

The university opened in 2011 to teach “defense science from a military, political, economic, social and cultural perspective” for officers in Indonesia’s Armed Forces, known as Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI). Unhan also is open to civilians, according to its charter, “to produce an intellectual cadre of state defense.” Earlier in July of this years, plans for expanding the National Defense University, also known as Unhan, were made known. The expansion was aimed to foster expertise in fields of knowledge vital to Indonesia’s defence.

Plans include building facilities on 20 hectares to house Unhan’s growing departments of military engineering, pharmacy and medicine, along with maths and natural sciences. The expansion corresponds to the launch of a new undergraduate program for the 2020-21 academic year. Some of the lectures may be conducted online rather than in classrooms if the threat of coronavirus disease persists and requires such precautions.

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