Military (TNI) commander Adm. Agus Suhartono announced the start of a 2013
joint military exercise on Monday, involving 16,745 soldiers in four different
locations from April 15 to May 20.
said the purpose of the joint exercise was to “measure and test the
[military’s] drills and to ready the TNI joint command chain in preventing,
deterring and facing any threats throughout the archipelago.” Antara news
exercise is also aimed at improving the professionalism of soldiers in carrying
out joint military operations,” he added.
to be conducted include air support and reconnaissance, tactical intelligence, special
forces operations, joint naval and land operations, as well as air base takeovers
(OP3U), amphibious and territorial operations.
spokesman Col. Minulyo Suprapto said the exercise would be conducted at Halim
Perdanakusuma air force base, Asem Bagus field in East Java, Bima in West Nusa
Tenggara and Sangatta in East Kalimantan.
exercise will involve Scorpio tanks, Sukhoi-27/30 and C-130 Hercules. (asw/dic)