Indonesia to Conduct Largest-Ever Military Exercises
In South China SeaThe Todak-class (PB 57) missile craft KRI Layang will fire Chinese-made C-802 anti-ship missiles at a repeat of 'Armada Jaya' in October 2016. [TNI-AL] ☆
The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) will conduct a series of large scale military exercises that will involve all three service branches in the Natuna Islands region in the South China Sea, sources at the TNI's headquarters told IHS Jane's on 3 October.
The exercise will start from 6 October and will begin with a drill involving Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara's, or TNI-AU's) fighter jets, transport aircraft, utility helicopters, and ground special forces in an exercise known as 'Angkasa Yudha'.
The drill will simulate an air raid and the seizure of a captured runway, and will take place on Pulau Natuna Besar. The island lies close to the 'nine-dashed' line demarcation that has been unilaterally declared by Beijing as part of its territory. Angkasa Yudha was originally planned to take place on Belitung Island, in Eastern Sumatra, but it has been moved to the Natuna islands region for reasons that have not officially been made clear.
The air serials will be followed by a repeat of Exercise 'Armada Jaya', which took place earlier in September 2016. Like Angkasa Yudha, the drills will also be conducted in and around waters of the Natuna Islands region.
IHS Jane's understands that TNI chief General Gatot Nurmantyo has ordered for 'Armada Jaya' to be repeated after attempts to successfully launch Chinese-made C-705 anti-ship missiles during the serial failed.
For the repeat exercise, the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) will attempt to launch a C-802 anti-ship missile, which has also been acquired from China, from the Todak-class missile attack craft KRI Layang (805).
This will be followed by land-based exercises that will be undertaken by the Indonesian Army on the same island.