Defense minister welcomes BPK audit of helicopter purchase

Blog Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says he will welcome efforts by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to audit the ministry’s purchase of seven ill-equipped helicopters from Russia, as urged by the House of

“This is technical. Just look into it — not just into what the order was, but also what we actually got. We welcome any efforts by the BPK to audit the purchase,” Purnomo said Wednesday as quoted by

Earlier, House Commission I announced that it had discovered the Russian helicopters were without six main supporting devices, including a Global Positioning System (GPS), a dumper, communication tools and weaponry.

The ministry purchased six of the Mi-17 V-5 helicopters using the Russian government’s state loan facility, worth around US$56 million.

He said that the funding was not part of his responsibility.

“This is not at my level. It was a technical specification fund. Just match the items [with the orders]. I have no problems,” he said


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