The Indonesian and Australian Air Forces are undertaking joint air exercises based from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport September 5-10, 2011.
Code-named “Elang Ausindo 2011” the joint exercises are designed to enhance the performance of fighter aircraft and crews of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).
The Air Commander for the Ngurah Rai Air Sector, Lt. Colonel Jumarto, told the press that TNI-AU undertakes regular joint exercises with other countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and the U.S.A..
The Australian flyers are led by Mel Hupfield, Commander Air Combat Group, and is comprised of eight F18 Hornets supported by a Globemaster (C17) and two Hercules C130s. Meanwhile, the Indonesian flyers, led by Colonel Emir Panji, have six F16s with two Hercules C130s in a support role.
In addition to air exercise simulations the two countries will give groups of local students a chance to personally view the aircraft of the two squadrons.
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