RI, Oz to hold joint military training on terrorism

RI, Oz to hold joint military training on terrorism

The Jakarta Post, 26 September 2010


The Indonesian Army's Special Force (Kopassus) and the Australian Safety Air Services (SAS) are set to hold a joint training on handling terrorism at the Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali on Tuesday.

The airport's operator company Angkasa Pura I said the training would involve more than 300 personnel from both forces, including 69 from Kopassus, 25 from SAS and 383 supporting personnel from several forces.

Kopassus will be led by Maj. Gen. Lodewijk F. Paulus and the SAS will be led by Gen. Mc. Owen.

"Ngurah Rai airport is chosen as the location since it is the main entry point for tourists, and we are very concern about security here," Heru Legowo, director for Ngurah Rai's Angkasa Pura, said Sunday.

In the joint training titled "Dawn Komodo 2010", the forces will release hostages from the airport's international terminal. The hostages were apprehended on the route of Jakarta-Denpasar-Perth.

"Passengers and airport visitors can watch the training. It will only take around 5 minutes, so it will not disturb flight schedule," Heru said, adding that all departing and arriving passengers would be informed about the training.

The forces will use two Bolcow helicopters, two Bell helicopters and two ME 17 helicopters in the joint training.