AIR Force Orion and an Indonesia Air Force B737 Surveiller will
be part of a combined maritime aerial surveillance exercise held
in the Timor Sea in April 2005.
The activity will mark the resumption of the Albatros Ausindo series
of exercises that were conducted between 1997 and 1999.
The exercise will involve air assets only to be used to locate and
identify vessels at sea. Both aircraft will be airborne concurrently,
the Surveiller operating at medium to high altitude and the Orion
operating at lower altitudes.
They will share their information to build up a surveillance picture.
More detailed planning and scenario building will not occur until
later this year.
Wing Commander Craig Meighan, the Deputy Director International
Engagements, said the exercise would provide an opportunity to improve
interoperability and information exchange between Australia and
Indonesia’s maritime air surveillance forces and build personal
rapport between the two defence forces.
“Maritime surveillance is of vital interest to both Australia and
Indonesia as maritime countries and as a result both Air Forces
agreed to a resumption of activities that aimed to build relationships
and enhance professional exchanges,”
WGCDR Meighan said.
“We anticipate this exercise will occur regularly in the future,
although no discussion on possible frequency has occurred yet,”