Jakarta (ANTARA) - The joint training being conducted by the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aims to help the two countries mutually fortify their air defense capabilities.

"I hope that this joint drill will continue and be elevated to the next level in the future, given its potential to strengthen the two countries' military posture and cooperation," Operation Assistant of the TNI AU Chief of Staff, Air Vice Marshal Minggit Tribowo, stated.

According to the Air Force's press release cited here on Friday, Tribowo made the statement during a visit to the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Air Base, Bali, on Thursday (May 30) to inspect the implementation of the joint training.

He expressed belief that the joint training would also lead Indonesia and Australia to even stronger bilateral relations.

During his visit, the air force officer had the opportunity to greet personnel of the TNI AU and RAAF as well as check on the reconnaissance aircraft deployed by the two air forces for their exercise.

In this regard, the TNI Air Force dispatched a B-737 A-7302 aircraft from the Hasanudin Air Base in Makassar, South Sulawesi, while the RAAF sent a Boeing P-81 Poseidon aircraft belonging to its Edinburgh Air Base.

Earlier, on Wednesday (May 29), the two reconnaissance aircraft conducted training that focused on patrolling and detecting enemies at sea.

According to a press release received by ANTARA on Thursday, the training was conducted with the objective of honing the two air forces' ability to use cutting-edge tools, such as the Automatic Identification System (AIS), cameras, and radars, to detect foes at sea.

AIS constitutes a tracking system working to enable vessels to be automatically identified and located, while cameras and radars are applied to provide visual and electronic data on objects being monitored.

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