Indonesia and Australia partner for Exercise RAJAWALI AUSINDO 2010

C-130 Her­cules trans­port air­craft crews from Indone­sia will work along­side their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts in Dar­win from August 9–13 for Exer­cise RAJAWALI AUSINDO.

The exer­cise will involve a series of air­drop mis­sions flown by both coun­tries focus­ing on the use of the C-130 Her­cules as an effec­tive air mobil­i­ty plat­form. RAJAWALI AUSINDO is one of sev­er­al reg­u­lar ‘AUSINDO’ exer­cis­es con­duct­ed between the two coun­tries, with oth­er iter­a­tions focus­ing on areas such as mar­itime patrol and air com­bat.

A con­tin­gent from the Ten­tara Nasion­al Indone­sia Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indone­sian Air Force) No. 32 Squadron will bring a C-130 Her­cules to par­tic­i­pate in the exer­cise. The Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF) will bring a C-130H Her­cules and crew from No. 37 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Rich­mond. A load recov­ery team from the Aus­tralian Army’s No. 176 Air Dis­patch Squadron will be locat­ed at Delamere Range.

Offi­cer Com­mand­ing No. 86 Wing, Group Cap­tain Richard Lennon, said Aus­tralia and Indone­sia share a his­to­ry of using the Her­cules to assist one anoth­er.

“Indone­sia sent their Her­cules to pro­vide relief to Aus­tralians fol­low­ing Cyclone Tra­cy, and Australia’s Her­cules pro­vid­ed sup­port in Suma­tra for the 2004 Box­ing Day Tsuna­mi relief effort,” Group Cap­tain Lennon said.

“Aus­tralian and Indone­sian per­son­nel share a his­to­ry of achiev­ing great feats with the Her­cules, and this year’s Exer­cise RAJAWALI AUSINDO will allow them to con­tin­ue doing so.” As Indone­sia is the world’s largest arch­i­pel­ago and Aus­tralia is the world’s largest island con­ti­nent, effec­tive air mobil­i­ty plays an impor­tant role for both coun­tries. In this role, the C-130 Her­cules is able to trans­port loads of up to 20 tonnes as well as car­ry per­son­nel, aero-med­ical evac­u­a­tion patients, and oper­ate from short, semi-pre­pared airstrips. Through Exer­cise RAJAWALI AUSINDO, air­crew and ground­crew from both coun­tries brief each oth­er to gain a bet­ter under­stand­ing of how each oth­er oper­ates. “The expe­ri­ence gained through RAJAWALI AUSINDO by both coun­tries is all the more rel­e­vant giv­en the unpre­dictable nature of many human­i­tar­i­an dis­as­ters in our region,” Group Cap­tain Lennon said.

“Aus­tralia remains com­mit­ted to work­ing with its neigh­bours through exer­cis­es such as RAJAWALI AUSINDO, shar­ing meth­ods and prac­tices which will deliv­er more effec­tive air mobil­i­ty in the real world.”

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Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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