Munitions, Guns, and Tanks: A Diary of Excursion to PT Pindad

In this article, Risyad describe his trip with other IR UI students to PT Pindad in Bandung, West Java. At Pindad, Risyad and other IR UI students had an ecstatic experience, from learning about Pindad and Indonesian defense industry to holding a gun like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see an industry that affects power in the international system? Witnessing how rifles, combat vehicles and tanks are produced? The most interesting thing: riding on tactical vehicle and holding rifles proudly? That is what was experienced by IR UI students in an excursion visit to PT Pindad on October 14, 2022 or two weeks ago.

This excursion was originally part of the wild idea of students of the Evolusi Pemikiran Keamanan Internasional (EPKI) class: “what if we hold a direct visit to a place that is related to defense and security directly?” This idea was also responded enthusiastically by an EPKI lecturer, Broto Wardoyo, Ph.D., and lecturer assistant, Kiara Dwileysia. The result? Excursion directly to the head office of PT Pindad in Bandung, West Java which was attended by EPKI class students, non-EPKI class undergraduate students (including myself), and postgraduate students of IR UI.

The journey began around 08.00 from FISIP UI which was released by the Head of the S1 HI UI Study Program, Dr. Phil. Yandry Kurniawan. After resting at KM 57 Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road and being hit by a traffic jam at the legendary Kiaracondong red light, we arrived in Pindad at 12.00 noon. Upon arriving at the site, we were greeted with displays of Pindad’s products, from small munitions, bombs, rockets, to small replicas of the Anoa APC.

Then, we were officially received by Pindad’s Director of Business Strategy, Dr. Syaifuddin, S.T., M.M., and all of the staff. With Mr. Syaifuddin, we were shown Pindad’s company profile and its various achievements from the past to the present time. This session was closed with a question and answer between undergraduate and graduate students and Mr. Syaifuddin about the issue of the defense industry and Pindad itself.

The session after was the most awaited session: a direct visit to the production site of vehicle and weapons. We were first invited to the vehicle production site and saw the production process of Anoa APC, Harimau tank, and other tactical vehicles, although we were prohibited from entering the production zone for safety reasons. Nonetheless, we were allowed to take pictures on the platform of Harimau tank. We were even allowed to do a test drive of their tactical vehicle.

Finished from the vehicle production site, we went to the weapon production site. Although we were also allowed to enter the production zone, we were guided to the weapon exhibition site. Then, our dream came true: we were allowed to pick up and hold replicas of weapons at the exhibition venue and take pictures in the style pose of Arnold Schwarzenegger or even the Indonesia abang-abang halodek. What did I do? Took a replica of the Pindad SS1 and took pictures with it.

Even a good day will have an end. Around 4 p.m. more, we returned to the bus to return to Depok. On the way, we were served back with dinner presented by the IR UI Department. Finally, we arrived at our beloved campus again around 9:00 p.m.

How do I feel as I write this? Of course, ecstatic. Even though two weeks have passed, my feeling of pride in seeing the development of Indonesia’s defense technology and industry is still firmly embedded. Of course, there are still many aspects of defense that Indonesia must catch up, pursue, and develop, including in its defense industrial sector, but this trip to Pindad can be a good start or trigger for IR UI students in increasing their knowledge of strategic studies, their understanding of power, and their focus to develop the defense and security of the Indonesian nation and state.

Munitions, Guns, and Tanks: A Diary of Excursion to PT Pindad

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M. Risyad Sadzikri

M. Risyad Sadzikri is a final-year undergraduate student at IR UI with keen interest to security and strategic studies. He is also the President of Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) and Content Writer at Kontekstual. He could be reached at Risyad Sadzikri (LinkedIn), @sadzikri_ (Twitter), and @risyadsadzikri (Instagram).

M. Risyad Sadzikri
M. Risyad Sadzikri

M. Risyad Sadzikri is a final-year undergraduate student at IR UI with keen interest to security and strategic studies. He is also the President of Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) and Content Writer at Kontekstual. He could be reached at Risyad Sadzikri (LinkedIn), @sadzikri_ (Twitter), and @risyadsadzikri (Instagram).

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