Monday, December 11, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christm...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christm...:   JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said on Monday, as they beef ...

Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christmas terror sweep


 

JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said on Monday, as they beef up security in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Police said they detained 13 suspected militants in separate, pre-emptive raids over the weekend across the Southeast Asian nation, which has long struggled with Islamic militancy.

The arrests took place in South Sumatra, East Java and West Kalimantan over the weekend.

One of the men arrested in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city, was known to have gone to Syria in 2013 and has links to Abu Jandal, an influential Indonesian militant who fought with the Islamic State group in the Middle Eastern country, authorities said.

Another suspect was involved in a February terror attack in the Indonesian city of Bandung, where a pressure cooker bomb exploded in a park before a gun battle erupted nearby, leaving one militant dead.

Indonesia’s anti-terror squad can detain and hold suspected extremists for seven days without charge.

Indonesia has suffered a string of deadly incidents, including a Christmas Eve attack in 2000 that left 18 dead and scores injured.

In 2002, a bomb in a Bali nightclub killed over 200 people while, more recently, a suicide bombing and gun attack claimed by IS in the capital Jakarta killed eight people in January 2016. AFP

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever ...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever ...: Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever Pacific patrol from Indonesia’s West New Guinea https://www.rt.com/news/412367-rus...

Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever Pacific patrol from Indonesia’s West New Guinea


Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever Pacific patrol from Indonesia’s West New Guinea


 From Kerry Collison, Jakarta Correspondent DEFENSE & FOREIGN AFFAIRS STRATEGIC POLICY WASHINGTON.  Contact Melbourne 0408537792

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 19:43 Edited time: 7 Dec, 2017 21:32

 

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A pair of Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers has flown a maiden patrol mission over the South Pacific from a military base in Indonesia. Crew and support staff had to deal with an unfamiliar tropical environment to successfully navigate and complete the mission.

The two Tupolev bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, flew Tuesday from Ukrainka Airfield in Russia’s eastern Amur region to the Biak Airbase in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province. The almost 7,000km flight with mid-course in-flight refueling took about 10 hours, which was longer than the pilots expected. Bad weather prompted several changes in their flight course, they told journalists.

A pair of Ilyushin Il-76MD military transport planes had arrived at the site a day ahead, carrying equipment and support crews. The mission, it turned out Thursday, was more than just a social visit to Indonesia. The Tu-95s, known as “Bears” in the West, flew a patrol mission over the southern Pacific before returning to the Indonesian base. The patrol was the first of its kind for the Russian Air Forces and was without incident, despite the persistently difficult weather conditions in the region.

“The goal of the flights is to train pilots in navigating in the southern hemisphere as well as confirm the reliability of the control systems. The support logistics of the Biak Airfield was also confirmed during the mission. The planes were prepared for the patrol on schedule,” said Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash, commander of the Air Forces’ Long Range Aviation division.

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Military officials confirmed that the equipment proved to operate adequately in the hot and humid climate of Indonesia. The hosting country also shouldered its part of the joint mission, including fueling the Russian bombers and hosting the visiting Russian military contingent, the general added. Some 110 Russians arrived in Indonesia for the patrol, with Indonesian military officials saying the visit was part of a navigation exercise and will last until Saturday, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported.

Indonesia was a key partner of the former Soviet Union in the early ‘60s, but relations between them soured when anti-communist sentiment in Indonesia escalated into a wide-scale US-supported purge, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 500,000 supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party. Moscow and Jakarta reestablished ties in the last years of the USSR and became close partners in arms trade in the mid-2000s.

The Indonesian military, currently, has a number of high-tech Russian military hardware in service, including Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets, Mil Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles. Moscow and Jakarta are currently negotiating a contract for Su-35 fighters, which, if signed, will make Indonesia the second country after China to acquire the advanced Russian aircraft.

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Russian military personnel arrive in WEST PAPUA TO...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Russian military personnel arrive in WEST PAPUA TO...:   Jayapura, Papua | Tue, December 5, 2017 | 05:45 pm A Russian Ilyushin-76 transport plane lands at Franz Kaisiepo Airport in Biak...

Russian military personnel arrive in WEST PAPUA TO BOLSTER JAKARTA’S HOLD OVER THE PROVINCE


 

Jayapura, Papua | Tue, December 5, 2017 | 05:45 pm

A Russian Ilyushin-76 transport plane lands at Franz Kaisiepo Airport in Biak, Papua on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. The plane carried Russian personnel, who will be in Biak from Dec. 4 to 9 .

 

Two Russian Ilyushin-76 strategic airlifters carrying 81 military personnel arrived at Frans Kaisiepo Airport in Biak regency, Papua on Monday and early Tuesday for exercises.

Manuhua Biak Airport spokesperson First Lieutenant Putukade Wempy said the military personnel would be in Biak from Dec. 4 to 9.

"They will only stay in Biak. They won't go anywhere else,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Besides the two planes that have already arrived, Wempy said they expected two Tupelov TU-95 bomber planes. When they arrived, there would be a total of 110 Russian military personnel in Biak.

Manuhua Biak Air commander Col. Fajar Adriyanto told reporters that the arrival of the planes was part of a collaboration between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and its Russian counterpart that included choosing Biak as the exercise location.

The planes flew directly from Russia in 12 hours.

The Russian planes are not equipped with radar, ammunition, or cameras as the navigation exercises would only consist of checking the accuracy of long-distance flying over the seas, he said.