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Indonesia beefs up air and sea defences - The Straits Times

Indonesia's bid to secure its maritime territories continues with the launch of two new Navy patrol boats in Batam. The christening of the PC-40M class vessels on Thursday took place a day after the Air Force announced plans to strengthen its aerial reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities by expanding its fleet of spy planes. Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel Akal Juang told journalists in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Wednesday that the aerial reinforcements will support naval operations against illegal fishing, smuggling and other border incursions. According to a report in The Jakarta Post, the Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron has five military aircraft with high-resolution cameras and other equipment for air reconnaissance missions. But the Air Force confirmed that more of such aircraft will be added to the squadron in time. Navy Chief Admiral Ade Supandi on Thursday s...

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