08 Agustus 2022

Sling Load Training

08 Agustus 2022

Sling load training between US Army, Australian Army and TNI AD (photos : Garuda Shield)

U.S. Army, Australian, and TNI Angkatan Darat soldiers trained together on sling load operations at Baturaja, Indonesia on Aug. 4, 2022 in support of exercise Super Garuda Shield 22.


Super Garuda Shield, a part of Operation Pathways and a longstanding annual, bilateral military exercise conducted between the U.S. military and Indonesia National Armed Forces, reinforces the U.S. commitments to our allies, and regional partners, joint readiness, and the interoperability to fight and win together.


The exercise will last until August 14, encompassing army, navy, air force, and marine drills.


South East Asia, Middle East States to Buy BrahMos Missiles in Next 2 Years

08 Agustus 2022

3 baterris of BrahMos for Philippines will be completed in the next three years (photo : pdff)

NEW DELHI/TASS/. About three or four countries in South East Asia and the Middle East will purchase BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in the next two years, BrahMos Aerospace Russia-India Joint Venture Managing Director and CEO Atul Rane told TASS on Monday.

"I expect another one or two we will have another three-four countries on board from South East Asia and Middle East. Those countries which are coming in the press - Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia," the chief executive said.

"In Middle East it could be UAE, Saudi Arabia," Rane stressed.

The talks will be completed within two years, the BrahMos Aerospace head said, adding that the coronavirus pandemic and geopolitics had affected the negotiating process but he saw no problems with the countries he mentioned.

Oman in the Middle East has also displayed interest in the BrahMos missiles, Rane said.

BrahMos for Philippines

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is produced by the Indo-Russian BrahMos Aerospace Joint Venture. The missile has been developed by Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (situated in the suburban town of Reutov near Moscow) and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization.

The BrahMos missile was test-launched for the first time in 2001. Its different versions are operational in all the three branches of India’s Armed Forces: the Air Force, the Army and the Navy. The Joint Venture is headquartered in New Delhi. The BrahMos missile was named after the Brahmaputra River of India and the Moskva River of Russia.

The first deal worth $375 million for the export of BrahMos missiles was inked with the Philippines in January this year. Under the contract, Manila will get three batteries of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in the next three years.

Pasgat Dilibatkan dalam Latihan Pra Infiltrasi ke Daerah Sasaran di Pantai Dabo Kepulauan Riau

08 Agustus 2022

Pesawat ISR Beechcraft King Air pendukubf infiltrasi (photos : TNI AU)

TNI AU -- Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022 melibatkan 2 personel Kopasgat yang on board dalam Pesawat ISR King Air US SOCPAC. 


Pesawat ISR King Air US SOCPAC melaksanakan misi inteligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance untuk mendukung infiltrasi personil JTAC Kopasgat, Intai Amfibi Marinir dan US Marine Recon pra operasi amfibi di pantai Dabo singkep Kepulauan Riau (4/8/2022).


Infiltrasi pasukan ke daerah sasaran yang merupakan bagian dari latihan JTAC merupakan tahap lanjutan operasi untuk menguasai dan menduduki daerah kekuasaan musuh.

Luerssen Commences First Steel Cutting of Sixth Arafura-class OPV

08 Agustus 2022

First steel cutting of HMAS Carpentaria, sixth Arafura-class OPV (photo : Luerssen)

Construction Commences OPV Carpentaria Luerssen Australia

In another exciting development for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Program, construction has officially started on OPV 6.

The first piece of steel has been cut in Henderson, WA, for what will be known as HMAS Carpentaria.

Luerssen Australia now has six vessels under construction in South Australia and Western Australia.

Overall, Luerssen Australia will deliver 12 OPVs to the Royal Australian Navy.

Luerssen Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jens Nielsen, said this represented another significant achievement in the Program.

“The commencement of construction on OPV 6, is another pivotal point in the Arafura Class OPV Program.”

HMAS Arafura 203 first OPV made by Luerssen (photo : Aus DoD)

“It is a testament to the efforts of everyone involved in the Program that construction is underway on vessel number six, as we continue to work on five other vessels across two sites in Osborne and Henderson.”

“We are extremely proud of the progress we have made on the Program, and there is no doubt the strength of our sovereign supply chain has been critical in helping us achieve this milestone.”

Luerssen Australia is embedding almost 150 years of shipbuilding and sustainment knowledge into the Australian supply chain.

“By supporting local suppliers, we are helping develop their capabilities which is creating a more robust supply chain.”

Luerssen Australia is employing Australian workers, in Australian shipyards, using Australian steel to build the Royal Australian Navy the vessels it needs for the future.

As the Western Australian shipbuilding sector continues to grow over the next decade, Luerssen Australia sees a very bright future for the industry and is committed to making a positive long-term impact on sovereign shipbuilding in Western Australia.

07 Agustus 2022

Pesawat F16 Melaksanakan Manuver Pemboman di Pantai Dabo Kepulauan Riau

07 Agustus 2022

Manuver pemboman dengan F-16 TNI AU (photos : TNI AU)

TNI AU -- Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022 menggelar empat operasi yaitu Cooperative Deployment (Codep), Amphibious Operation, Austere Airfield Operation, dan Hirain/C-Rain. 


Memasuki tahap awal, latihan di Pantai Dabo Kepulauan Riau menggelar latihan Codep dan pendaratan amphibi yang melibatkan Pesawat F16 dan B-737 TNI AU. Pada latihan itu F16 melaksanakan Close Air Support (CAS) melalui pemboman untuk membuka pertahanan musuh, Kepulauan Riau (4/8/2022).


Sebelumnya, para penerbang F16 TNI AU dari Skadron Udara 16 mendapat Comprehensive Brief on Close Air Support yang menekankan bahwa operasi CAS memiliki nilai strategis untuk membuka kemenangan pertempuran dengan melumpuhkan kekuatan dan pertahanan musuh sehingga pasukan kawan dapat bergerak maju serta mendarat di pantai untuk merebut sasaran.


Sesuai dengan skenario latihan, operasi pemboman oleh Pesawat F16 tersebut mendapatkan dukungan data intelijen hasil foto udara Pesawat B-737 sehingga operasi berhasil menghancurkan sasaran. Hal ini membuktikan bahwa kemampuan interoperabilitas dan sinergitas kedua unsur operasi TNI AU itu dapat berjalan dengan baik serta tercapai keberhasilan latihan.

Pesawat B-737 dan P8A Memandu Operasi Pengeboman dan Pendaratan Amphibi

07 Agustus 2022

Latihan Cooperative Deployment B-737MR TNI AU bersama P-8A AL AS (all photos : TNI AU)

TNI AU -- Latihan Cooperative Deployment (Codep) pada Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022 dilaksanakan oleh Pesawat B-737 TNI AU dan P-8A milik Angkatan Laut AS.


Latihan ini pada dasarnya upaya untuk melatihkan kemampuan interoperabilitas khususnya pada operasi Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) yang menekankan kemampuan untuk mengarahkan aksi pesawat tempur yang terlibat dalam dukungan udara jarak dekat dan operasi udara ofensif lainnya dari posisi depan.


Hal ini diwujudkan dalam latihan pengeboman sasaran oleh Pesawat F-16 TNI AU di Pantai Dabo, Kepulauan Riau (4/8/2022).


Selain itu, Latihan Codep yang dilaksanakan Pesawat B-737 dan P-8A adalah integrasi kontrol udara terhadap kapal-kapal TNI AL yang melakukan Operasi Amphibi, dimana kedua pesawat memberikan dukungan data strategis serta memandu KRI yang akan melakukan pendaratan amphibi.


Pesawat B-737 dan P-8A juga melakukan foto udara sebagai bagian dari Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022 dimana data foto-foto udara digunakan sebagai sumber intelijen aktual untuk pengambilan keputusan para pimpinan lapangan.

Operasi Pendaratan Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022

07 Agustus 2022


Operasi pendaratan dengan menggunakan kendaraan tempur LVT-7 dan tank BMP-3F  (photos : Antara)
 
Prajurit Korps Marinir TNI AL melakukan operasi pendaratan menggunakan tank amfibi di Pusat Latihan Tempur (Puslatpur) Marinir di Pantai Todak, Dabo Singkep, Kepulauan Riau, Kamis (4/8/2022).


Operasi pendaratan tersebut merupakan bagian Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022 guna mempererat hubungan bilateral antar negara sekaligus berbagi ilmu tentang taktik pertempuran khususnya antara pasukan Marinir TNI AL dan pasukan Marinir AS.


Prajurit Marinir AS melakukan pengintaian terhadap musuh saat operasi pendaratan di Pusat Latihan Tempur (Puslatpur) Marinir di Pantai Todak, Dabo Singkep, Kepulauan Riau, Kamis (4/8/2022).


Panglima TNI Jenderal TNI Andika Perkasa (tengah) bersama prajurit Korps Marinir TNI AL dan Prajurit Marinir US melakukan penyergapan terhadap musuh saat operasi pendaratan di Pusat Latihan Tempur (Puslatpur) Marinir di Pantai Todak, Dabo Singkep, Kepulauan Riau, Kamis (4/8/2022).


Operasi pendaratan tersebut merupakan bagian Latihan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022. (Antara)

Kasal Pimpin Langsung Operasi Amfibi di Latgabma Super Garuda Shield 2022

Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Kasal) Laksamana TNI Yudo Margono memimpin langsung pasukan laut dari atas kendaraan tempur (Ranpur) amphibi jenis LVT-7A1 dalam Latihan Gabungan Bersama (Latgabma) Super Garuda Shield (SGS) 2022 yang mengerahkan sejumlah Alat Utama Sistem Senjata (Alutsista) pada operasi pendaratan amphibi di Pantai Todak, Dabo Singkep, Kamis (4/08/2022). 

Kasal naik kendaraan tempur LVT-7A1 (photo : TNI AL)

Aksi heroik yang ditunjukkan Kasal Laksamana Yudo bersama prajurit TNI AL dalam latihan perang yang melibatkan negara-negara sahabat itu, merupakan yang pertama kali dilakukan oleh seorang Laksamana hingga mendapatkan perhatian Panglima TNI Jenderal Andika Perkasa yang hadir untuk melihat secara langsung dari Menara Tinjau di Pantai Todak. 


Kasal di sela-sela persiapan pendaratan amphibi menyampaikan bahwa, latihan ini harus tetap mengutamakan zero accident, karena sejak awal sudah dilaksanakan staff meeting maka latihan dilaksanakan sesuai prosedur yang ada. "Menurut saya latihan ini merupakan latihan yang sudah biasa kita lakukan dalam jumlah yang besar, namun kali ini latihan bersama dengan asing tentunya kita juga harus menunjukkan bahwa kita mampu dan terjalin komunikasi maupun koordinasi yang baik, sehingga tercipta sinkronisasi saat melaksanakan pendaratan," beber Laksamana Yudo. 

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Pesawat NC212i Tiba dan Diserahterimakan ke DRRAA Thailand

07 Agustus 2022

Pesawat NC212i tiba di Nakhon Sawan, utara Bangkok, Thailand (photos : PT DI)

Pesawat NC212i tiba di Nakhon Sawan, Thailand dan telah melaksanakan Final Acceptance oleh Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) Thailand yang disaksikan langsung oleh Duta Besar RI untuk Kerajaan Thailand merangkap UNESCAP, Rachmat Budiman.

“Kerjasama industri aviasi antara Indonesia-Thailand terus terjalin secara berkelanjutan dan ini menunjukkan bukti kepercayaan terhadap pesawat yang diproduksi di Indonesia”.  Kata Rachmat Budiman.


Penandatanganan kontrak pengadaan pesawat terbang NC212i ini antara PTDI dengan A.I.C.E. Enterprises (Thai) Co., Ltd. dengan end user adalah Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) Thailand.

06 Agustus 2022

Ratusan Prajurit TNI AD, US Army dan Jepang Terjun di Langit Martapura

06 Agustus 2022

Penerjunan pasukan TNI AD, US Army dan JGSDF (photos : Garuda Shield)

VIVA – Ratusan prajurit Angkatan Darat dari tiga negara, TNI Angkatan Darat, Angkatan Darat Amerika Serikat (US Army), dan Angkatan Darat Kekaisaran Jepang memenuhi langit Martapura, Palembang, Sumatera Selatan.
 

Ratusan prajurit Angkatan Darat tiga negara sahabat itu menunjukkan aksinya terjun payung dari empat pesawat pengangkut Angkatan Udara dan mendarat di Drop Zone atau titik pendaratan Operasi Lintas Udara (Garuda Airbone), Puslatpur Kodiklatad Martapura, Sumatera Selatan.


Pantauan VIVA Militer di lapangan, ratusan penerjun itu mendarat di area Drop Zone yang sudah ditentukan. Mereka diskenariokan merebut wilayah yang sebelumnya telah dikuasai musuh.


Untuk diketahui, pendaratan ratusan personel Angkatan Darat tiga negara sahabat itu merupakan salah satu rangkaian dari Latihan Bersama (Latma) Super Garuda Shield 2022 yang diikuti oleh 14 negara-negara di kawasan Indo Pasific. 


Setelah mereka berhasil mendarat dan menguasai wilayah perang, Panglima TNI Jenderal Andika Perkasa bersama Komandan Jenderal Angkatan Darat AS untuk kawasan Pasific, Jenderal Charles A. Flynn, serta perwakilan pejabat militer dari 12 negara lainnya menyematkan Wing Airbone kepada seluruh prajurit yang berhasil melakukan operasi lintas udara tersebut. 


Penyematan Wing Airbone kepada prajurit militer Angkatan Darat yang berhasil terjun payung itu juga dilakukan oleh pejabat utama Kepala Staf Angkatan, diantaranya, Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (Kasau) Marsekal TNI Fadjar Prasetyo, Wakil Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat (Wakasad) Letjen TNI Agus Subiyanto, dan Wakil Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Wakasal) Laksdya TNI Ahmadi Heri Purwono.

Austal Australia Ddelivers 2nd Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat to the Royal Australian Navy

06 Agustus 2022

Austal Australia has delivered the second Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat, ADV Cape Peron (315) to the  Royal Australian Navy (photo : Austal)

Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX: ASB) is pleased to announce Austal Australia has delivered the second of eight Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats (ECCPB’s) to the Royal Australian Navy.

The vessel, ADV Cape Peron, was officially accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia.

Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer, Paddy Gregg said the delivery of the second Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat highlights the critical importance of the vessel as a capability to the Royal Australian Navy, and Australia’s national naval shipbuilding enterprise. 

“The Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats are not only enhancing the Royal Australian Navy’s capability, but further strengthening Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability, which is more important than ever before,” Mr Gregg said.

“Austal continues to engage over 300 defence industry partners across Australia to construct the Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats. We’re part of the national naval shipbuilding enterprise that is delivering enhanced capability for the Navy, protecting Australia’s borders, and maintaining security in our region.

“It’s a great source of pride for the entire Austal team knowing that we’re equipping our Navy, and our nation with the best possible patrol boat capability. Our congratulations and thanks go to the Navy, the Commonwealth, and our industry partners on this latest delivery.”

The 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat is the second of eight to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat, ADV Cape Otway, was delivered in March 2022, following approximately 18 months construction. The six remaining vessels are in various stages of production at Austal’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard and deliveries are scheduled progressively through to 2024.

With greater capability than the benchmark Cape-class Patrol Boats, the Evolved Capes feature new, larger amenities to accommodate up to 32 people, improved quality of life systems and advanced sustainment intelligence systems that further enhance the Royal Australian Navy’s ability to fight and win at sea.

The Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat Project (SEA1445-1) is employing approximately 400 people directly in Western Australia and engaging more than 300 supply chain partners across Australia.

Austal Australia is also contracted to deliver 21 Guardian-class Patrol Boats to the Commonwealth of Australia under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project (SEA3036-1) and has delivered 15 vessels to date.

TNI AL dan US MEU Laksanakan Pendaratan Khusus (Ratsus) pada Latgabma Super Garuda Shield 2022

06 Agustus 2022

Pendaratan khusus US MEU dan Korps Marinir TNI AL (photos : TNI AL)

Jakarta, InfoPublik -  Latihan Gabungan Bersama Super Garuda Shield 2022 antara militer Amerika dan Indonesia memasuki tahap Pra Serbuan Amfibi, yaitu Pendaratan Khusus.
 
Sejumlah latihan di gelar di perairan Kepulauan Riau, diantaranya operasi laut gabungan bersama tiga negara, yaitu Indonesia, Amerika dan Singapura.

 
Operasi pendaratan khusus diluncurkan dari USS Green Bay dan pergeseran personel serta material US Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon atau pleton Taifib Amerika dari US MEU (US Marines Expeditionary Unit) bersama Yon Taifib Korps Marinir TNI AL menggunakan Landing Craft Air Cushion USS Green Bay, yang dilanjutkan infiltrasi menggunakan perahu karet dan menurunkan pasukan untuk melaksanakan renang rintis (Scout Swimmer), Rabu (3/8/2022).

 
Unsur-unsur udara juga melaksanakan berbagai latihan guna mendukung latgabma Super garuda Shield. 2 Helly jenis HS 1310 dan HS 1311 yang on board di KRI Makasar - 590 melaksanakan Photoex serta berbagai serial latihan lainnya.

 
Sementara itu Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut Laksamana TNI Yudo Margono yang on board di kapal Markas, memastikan kesiapan berbagai elemen menuju latihan puncak Super Garuda Shield 2022 yang ditandai dengan pendaratan amfibi di pantai Todak, Dabo Singkep Kabupaten Lingga Kepulau Riau.

 
Latgabma ini merupakan kegiatan dalam meningkatkan profesionalisme prajurit, Kasal menegaskan bahwa keringat yang tercurah di medan latihan, adalah penebus darah di medan pertempuran.

 
Latihan Gabungan Bersama ini  Kasal Laksamana TNI Yudo Margono juga menegaskan kegiatan ini untuk memperkuat diplomasi TNI AL dalam rangka meningkatkan hubungan kerja sama internasional baik secara bilateral maupun multilateral, guna menciptakan kestabilan keamanan kawasan.

Budget for Purchasing of Two F-35A Approved by Budget Committee

06 Agustus 2022

F-35A Lightning II (photo : USAF)

House budget committee agrees to restore ฿369m budget to RTAF for combat jet purchase

The House Budget Scrutiny Committee agreed by 45:22 votes today (Wednesday) to restore 369 million of the 738 million baht requested by the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) for fiscal year 2023 to commence the process of purchasing two F-35A combat jets from the United States, after the total procurement budget of 7.4 billion baht, spanning several fiscal years, was cut by the sub-committee.

The subcommittee, which is dominated by opposition MPs, voted against the procurement plan, claiming that the budget should be better used for other more productive projects, at a time when the country is facing an economic downturn and people are suffering economic difficulties and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other members of the subcommittee claimed that the RTAF had not provided them with any details about the project, such as when the planes would be delivered to Thailand or whether the US congress has approved the sale of the planes to Thailand.

The House Budget Scrutiny Committee also acquiesced, by a 38:24 vote, to an appeal from the Office of the Defence Permanent Secretary to return the 171.6-million-baht budget for the construction of an ammunition plant in Lop Buri province, after the budget was cut by the subcommittee.

05 Agustus 2022

Formasi Garuda Photo Exercise Latihan Super Garuda Shield

05 Agustus 2022

Photoex dalam Super Garuda Shield 2022 (photos : Koarmada1)

Unsur Satgasla, KRI Makasar 590, KRI Bung Tomo 357, KRI John Lie 358 dan KRI Frans Keisiepo 368 membentuk formasi Garuda pada photex (Photo Exercise) dalam Multilateral Super Garuda Shield 2022 Exercise.


Latihan ini diikuti oleh kapal perang negara sahabat dari Amerika dan Singapura dengan mengikutsertakan Kapal Perang USS Charleston 18, RSS Resolution 208, RSS Supreme 73 di perairan Natuna Selatan, Rabu (3/8/2022).


Pangkoarmada I Laksda TNI Arsyad Abdullah bertindak selaku penyelenggara Latgabma Garuda Shield 2022 aspek laut dengan melaksanakan operasi amfibi yang diawali operasi praserbuan.


Melalui latihan ini akan dapat sharing pengetahuan dan pengalaman dalam melaksanakan suatu operasi gabungan dan bersama. (Koarmada I)


Unsur TNI AL Laksanakan Latihan RASAP (RAS Approaching) Pada Latihan gabungan bersama Super Garuda Shield

Unsur Satgasla Latgabma Garuda Shield 2022, KRI Bung Tomo 357, KRI John Lie 358 dan KRI Frans Keisiepo 368 melaksanakan latihan RASAP (RAS Approaching) dimana KRI Makasar 590 menjadi kapal pemberi di perairan Natuna Selatan, Selasa (2/8/2022).


Latgabma Garuda Shield 2022 ini sangat bermanfaat bagi peningkatan profesionalisme prajurit matra laut dan tentunya mempererat persahabatan para prajurit TNI AL dengan Angkatan Laut negara sahabat.


Latihan kali ini dibawa kendali taktis Dansatgasla Latgabma Garuda Shield 2022, " Laksma TNI H. Kresno Utomo, sehari-hari menjabat Danguspurla Koarmada I.


Selain itu juga latihan ini sesuai instruksi dari Pangkoarmada I Laksda TNI Arsyad Abdullah terkait program prioritas KASAL Laksamana TNI Yudo Margono dibidang pembangunan SDM TNI Angkatan Laut yang unggul.

U.S. Navy Delivers First Upgraded CN-235 to RMAF

05 Agustus 2022

M44-03, the first of three Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) CN-235 military transport aircraft converted to a maritime patrol platform (photo : NAVAIR)

The U.S. Navy has delivered the first of three Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) CN-235 military transport aircraft converted to a maritime patrol platform. This comes just three-and-a-half years after the U.S. signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to begin increasing the capability and interoperability of U.S. and Malaysian forces.

The effort was facilitated by the U.S. Navy’s Building Partner Capacity program, aligned with the U.S. government’s Maritime Security Initiative, which is intended to assist the Malaysian government in increasing maritime security and maritime domain awareness within the Malaysian Exclusive Economic Zone.

The project to integrate an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) upgrade into the aircraft was undertaken by the RMAF in cooperation with the Naval Air Systems Command’s Security Cooperation Office and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) AIRWorks.

“Our collective international team has overcome tremendous challenges during the recent worldwide pandemic to deliver this capability. We are excited to deliver this first aircraft,” said Gerald Swift, who leads AIRWorks, NAWCAD’s office focused on rapidly and effectively delivering warfighter capability to meet immediate and emergent warfighter needs.

The upgrade includes a maritime surveillance mission suite, maritime surveillance radar, an electro-optical infrared turret, line-of-sight datalink and a roll-on/roll-off mission system operator station. Compatible mobile and fixed ground stations are also being delivered to increase the RMAF’s ISR capability.

“Building Partner Capacity programs represent the highest level of return on engagement to the United States,” said Ron Weinberger, director, Security Cooperation Office at the Naval Air Systems Command. “The Malaysian CN-235 program will be a significant force multiplier to an indigenous Malaysian ISR capability and will directly support joint Malaysian and U.S. efforts to ensure global security in the Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.”

The project’s CN-235s were flown to Indonesia for completion and testing in Sept. 2020 amid COVID-19 restrictions and first flight took place in Oct. 2021. Work on the two remaining CN-235 aircraft and multiple ground stations continues and is expected to be completed in 2022.

The CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engine transport aircraft originally manufactured by Indonesian aerospace company Perseroan Terbatas Dirgantara Indonesia and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA of Spain.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is the Navy’s largest warfare center, employing more than 17,000 military, civilian and contract personnel. It operates test ranges, laboratories and aircraft in support of test, evaluation, research, development and sustainment of everything flown by the Navy and Marine Corps. Based in Patuxent River, Maryland, the command also has major sites in St. Inigoes, Maryland, Lakehurst, New Jersey and Orlando, Florida.