Wednesday, October 3, 2012

1) Small plane missing in iPapua

The Associated Press, Jakarta | Wed, 10/03/2012 6:57 PM | Archipelago
An official says a small plane carrying two people has been reported missing in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang S. Ervan says the PAC-750 aircraft lost contact Wednesday while on a flight between two villages in the remote district of Yahukimo. He says signals have been detected from the plane's emergency transmitters.
A rescue team has been sent to search for the missing aircraft, which was carrying a pilot and one passenger.
Air travel is an important means of transportation in the jungle-clad mountains of Papua, the country's most remote region geographically and politically.

2) TNI continues strengthening its weapon system
Wed, October 3 2012 16:37 WIB | Read 163 time(s)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian military (TNI) continues strengthening its weapon system to meet a minimum essential force by among others acquiring 44 units of Leopard main battle tanks from Germany.

"We actually, wish to bring in the Leopard tanks for the commemoration of the 67th TNI anniversary this month but because of the long process for it the tanks would only be able to arrive in November," the Army Chief of Staff, General Pramono Edhie Wibowo, said at a press conference held in connection with the anniversary event on October 5 here on Wednesday.

Pramono said the army also plans to add two battalions of a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) made in Brazil, one battalion of anti-aircraft missiles and two battalions of 155 mm/Caesar cannons made in France.

In the effort to build a MEF, the navy would also acquire three submarines from South Korea which will be built in cooperation with Indonesia`s shipbuilding company PT PAL, three units of 60M missile-mounted swift vessels (KCR) and two units of 2400HP tugboats.

"We will also acquire one squadron of anti-submarine helicopters from the US," Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Soeparno said.

The Air Force meanwhile would increase and upgrade the Hercules transport aircraft from Australia.

"We have only 13 units of Hercules. We will upgrade again and buy 10 more units from Australia," Air Fore Chief of Staff Marshal Imam Sufa`at said.

Defense Forces Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono meanwhile said on the occasion that the addition of the weapon system equipment must be followed by improvement of the capacity of TNI personnel.

"We are aware how sophisticated a weapon is it will be useless unless it is operated by capable personnel," he said.

The ministry of defense earlier said that some of the Leopard tanks as well as medium battle tanks Marder are scheduled to arrive in the country early in November.

"The Leopards would be sent along with the Marders early in November 2012," head of the ministry`s public information center, Major General Hastind Asrin said at the Army Reserve Command Division I Headquarters in Cilodong, Depok, West Java, on Tuesday.

The defense minister`s expert staff for security affairs said two units of aircraft would be prepared to transport the tanks. "Some would be sent by sea and others by air," he added.

He said the delivery had been delayed due to administrative problems.

The Indonesian government plans to buy 103 units of Leopard, 50 units of Marder and 10 supporting tanks.(*)

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