Monday, 27 April 2015

Operation Garuda Perkasa held in Jember

The Indonesian Air Force conducted a military exercise dubbed Operation Garuda Perkasa (Mighty Garuda) in Jember, East Java, involving various combat and support units, to increase soldiers’ readiness in recapturing and controlling a seized airport.

The exercise was organized by the Abdurrahman Saleh Air Force Base in Malang, East Java, using a scenario that an armed right-wing group was active in the southern part of East Java and had seized Notohadinegoro Airport in Jember.

"We picked Notohadinegoro Airport because it is one of the vital objects that has to be secured in the event of any disturbance," Adurrahman Saleh AFB commander Air Commodore Sungkono was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.

He added that the exercise involved some 1,300 personnel, mainly from the Air Force's Special Forces (Korpaskhas) 464th/Nanggala Commando Battalion and Matra 2 Detachment.

Supporting the military exercise were an NC-212M-200 surveillance aircraft from the 4th Squadron, two C-130B Hercules heavy transport aircraft from the 32nd Squadron and four EMB-314 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft from the 21st Squadron.

The exercise, the first ever to be staged in Jember, simulated the recapture and control of Notohadinegoro Airport.

It started with a combat-control team parachuting down to prepare a drop zone followed by combat maneuvers from the Super Tucanos simulating an air-to-ground assault.

At the end of the exercise, dozens of soldiers jumped out of the Hercules, which flew low at about 1,000 feet above the ground. (The Jakarta Post)

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