06 September 2011

Indonesian, Australian pilots conduct joint exercise in Bali

Indonesian Air Force F-16

Kuta, Bali (ANTARA News) - Twenty-five pilots from the Indonesian Air Forces (TNI-AU) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a four-day joint exercise in Bali, commander of Bali`s Ngurah Rai air base Lt Col Sumarto said. 

"They are 13 TNI-AU and 12 RAAF pilots," he said here on MOnday before the exercise begins on Tuesday.

He said for the exercise the TNI-AU had deployed six F-16s and the RAAF eight F-18s.

The pilots from the two countries would conduct the exercise for four days in the fly zones south and west of the air base.

They would fly at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet in the exercise, he said.

"The four-day exercise from Tuesday until Friday is code-named Elang Ausindo," he said.

He said the exercise was aimed at improving the capability of the two countries` fighter pilots as well as the military relations between the two countries.

He said the scenario for the exercise would be a dogfight. "Two flights will be done everyday during the exercise," he said.

He said such an exercise had not only been done with Australia but also with other countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam and the US.

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