Indonesian air force to build air base in West Kalimantan

Sungai Raya, W Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) will soon build a type C air base of at Temajuk in Sambas district, West Kalimantan province, to strengthen security in the area bordering Malaysia.

"Today we will scrutinize the preparations for the construction of an air base in the area. We will build an air base there to prevent illegal acts including alleged annexation of our state borders," Assistant for Operations to the Air Force Chief of Staff Rear Marshal Sudipo Handoyo said when paying a working visit to the Supadio Air Base in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, on Monday.

During the visit, Sudipo was accompanied by Chief of the Air Force Operation Command Rear Marshal M Syaugi and Commander of the Air Force Special Troop Corps Rear Marshal M Harpin Ondeh.

From the Supadio Air Base, Sudipo and entourage went straight to Temajuk to check the location for the air base of type C.

"We have come to Sambas to check the truth of the alleged construction of a lighthouse in the border area. By doing so, they (Malaysia) know that we will not remain silent to defend the sovereignty of our state," he said.

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Reporting by Rendra Oxtora
Edited by INE/A014

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