SINGAPORE --- The Indonesian Marine Corps is drafting a formal letter of request to refrain from any additional acquisitions of amphibious BTR-4 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carriers produced by Ukraine's Kharkov Morozov Machine Building Plant. The BTR-4 was previously considered the leading platform to replace the Marines aging BTR-50PK armored personnel carriers that were provided to Indonesia by the former Soviet Union.
An initial batch of five BTR-4s was ordered from Ukraine's state-owned defense industrial holding group Ukroboronprom by the Indonesian MoD on March 13, 2014. The vehicles were delivered in September 2016 and were placed with the Indonesian Marines 2nd Marine Group cavalry regiment for trialing one month later.
However, multiple issues emerged during the trial period raising concerns in Marine circles as to the worthiness of the platform as a desired successor APC.
Indonesia's legislative commission on defense, intelligence and foreign affairs has already green-lighted $95 million within the 2017 defense budget for the BTR-4 acquisition. The Marines are hoping to see that funding re-allocated towards procurement of an alternative APC platform yet to be determined.