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Enhancing Air Force's MOOTW capability

  • Adhi Priamarizki

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Singapore   /   Fri, October 23, 2020   /  08:21 am
Enhancing Air Force's MOOTW capability Herculean task: An Indonesian Air Force Hercules jet lands at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Feb. 15, carrying Indonesian nationals evacuated from Wuhan before the Chinese government imposed a lockdown in the city to curb the spread of COVID-19. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

For decades, the Indonesian Air Force has been playing a miniscule role compared to the other services. It is no secret that the Indonesian Army holds the golden boy status within the country’s military (TNI). We can also consider Indonesia’s Air Force to be a small one due to its limited depth and the country’s inadequate industrial capability to expand the service. While the TNI has embarked on its modernization program via the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) program, altering the military’s inward-looking mindset is not an overnight job. Such a situation in reality preserves Army domination within the TNI. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic may offer a blessing in disguise for the Air Force. Indonesia’s large and archipelagic territory certainly prevents smooth land-based transportation. The country also experiences a relatively high resources disp...

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