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RAAF, Indonesia practice airdrops

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 5, 2011

The RAAF and Indonesian Air Force are conducting a joint cargo airlift exercise in Darwin. (Department of Defence)

Personnel from the RAAF and Indonesian Air Force are taking part in a six day exercise focusing on airdrop missions.

Exercise RAJAWALI AUSINDO, held at RAAF Base Darwin through December 6, will involve a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from each country.

RAAF Air Commodore Gary Martin, the commander of Air Lift Group, said the exercise built on ties between the two countries that were key during real world humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

“Airlift is a critical capability within this region, as the respective experiences of Indonesia and Australia demonstrate,” Martin said.

Australia has recently announced plans to gift four surplus C-130H aircraft to Indonesia.

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