President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to sign an agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the transfer of Russian aerospace technology to Indonesia, an official has said.
Adi Sadewo Salatun, the deputy chairman of aerospace assessment, science and information at the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), said that the agreement would also ensure that Russia's plan to build and operate the Air Launch System (ALS) in Biak Numfor in Papua would benefit the local people.
He also expressed his hope that the agreement would encourage a discussion at home on a space act, which -- among other elements -- would guarantee the responsibilities of each party involved in the aerospace project.
He added that any foreign country could take part in the rocket launching project through a joint investment scheme.
Adi's statement was a contrast to a previous statement from the President of the Air Launch Aerospace corporation, Anatoly Karpov, who was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency last month as saying the agreement would guarantee the protection of the Russian technology.