A military exercise between the RAAF and Indonesian air force has been suspended as differences wage between the Australian and Indonesian governments over intelligence gathering.
Exercise Elang AusIndo, which got underway on November 19, has been put on hold following the Indonesian president’s decision to suspend cooperation with Australia on illegal immigration. The exercise involved eight Australian FA-18s, six Indonesian F-16s and more than 200 combined defence personnel based in Darwin.
ABC News reported an Australian Defence Force spokesman as saying “the situation could change, but any decision would be made by the Australian or Indonesian governments”.
Exercise Elang Ausindo has been a regular combined Australia-Indonesia training activity designed to increase the nations’ capacity to work together.