Balikpapan – Indonesia and the United States began their annual joint military exercise code-named Garuda Shield in East Kalimantan on Wednesday amid the growing geopolitical tension in
Military Ties & Arms Trade
August 3, 2022
August 1, 2022
Jakarta – Thousands of Indonesian and American troops began a two-week joint military exercise on Monday that Washington said aims to advance "regional cooperation in support of a free
July 30, 2022
Jakarta – Some 4,000 soldiers mostly from Indonesia and the United States will conduct a joint military exercise next week that underscores "the importance we place on a free and open I
July 25, 2022
Jakarta – Over 4,000 troops from a dozen countries will join an annual joint military exercise between Indonesia and the United States next month amid simmering tensions in the South Ch
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander General Andika Perkasa received the visit of General Mark A. Milley, the 20th Chairman of the U.S.
July 13, 2022
Jayapura – The Military Police of the XVII/Cenderawasih arrested on Monday, July 11, 2022, two Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers suspected of being involved in illegal firearms and amm
July 5, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Yalimo Police arrested AM, a Nduga-based civil servant, on Wednesday night, June 29, 2022, in Elelim, Yalimo Regency.
Jayapura, Jubi – Executive Director of the Alliance for Democracy for Papua (AIDP) Latifah Anum Siregar said the illegal firearms and ammunition trade network in Papua was very strong.
July 4, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – In the last 10 years, 14 soldiers and 6 police officers had been convicted of illegally trading firearms and ammunition in Papua, said director of the Democratic Allian
June 23, 2022
Andi Raihanah Ashar and Muhammad Fauzan Malufti – Indonesia's current administration is racing against time, with only two years to complete the planned modernization of the Indonesian
June 22, 2022
Tri Meilani A, Resinta S, Jakarta – Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, expressed keenness to continue cooperation in the development and technology transfer for the main wea
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Tuesday paid a visit to the special forces command of the Kingdom of Cambodia Armed Forces in Phnom Penh.
June 10, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi TV – An Indonesian Military (TNI) member of the Intan Jaya Preparatory Military District Command, Chief Pvt.
June 8, 2022
Toh Ting Wei, Singapore – The commander-in-chief of the Indonesian National Defence Forces has been conferred a military award for his work in strengthening defence ties between Singapo
Jayapura, Jubi – Director of the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) Emanuel Gobay has asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately audit the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) re
June 3, 2022
Tom Allard, Jakarta – Almost 2,500 mortar shells from Serbia bought for Indonesia's spy agency last year were converted to be air-dropped, and some were used in attacks on eight village
May 27, 2022
May 4, 2022
Fitri Bintang Timur and Jovita Komala – In February 2022, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto signed agreements with France to purchase 42 Dassault Rafale fighter jets and two
April 9, 2022
Masrur Jamaluddin and Brad Lendon, Jakarta, Indonesia – The Indonesian and United States militaries are expanding their annual bilateral exercises to 14 participating countries, the Ind
March 25, 2022
Muhammad Zulfikar, Suharto, Jakarta – Chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI), General Andika Perkasa, and Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Kanasugi Kenji, have discussed plans for
March 16, 2022
Paris, France – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday, more than a month after Indonesia sealed a deal
March 4, 2022
Arrijal Rachman, Jakarta – Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff (KASAU) Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo at the Air Force headquarters on Friday assured that the Russian invasion of Ukr
February 12, 2022
M Zulfikar, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Indonesia's decision to purchase 42 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft and two Scorpene-class submarines from France is a strategic move to modernize th
February 11, 2022
Jakarta – Indonesia has agreed to buy six Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation, the first part of a bigger deal to bring in 42 aircraft over the next few years as Southea
Gabriel Honrada – France and Indonesia signed a deal this month for 42 Rafale fighter jets, making it the first operator of the French-built planes in Southeast Asia and pushing the Uni
Costas Pitas and Mike Stone, Los Angeles, United States – The US State Department has approved the potential sale of F-15ID aircraft and related equipment to Indonesia in a deal valued
February 10, 2022
Tassilo Hummel and Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia will order 42 Rafale fighter jets, France's defence minister said on Thursday, after the two countries signed a series of agreem
October 25, 2021
Dominggus Mampioper, Jayapura – September and October have been busy months for the Indonesian and Australian Army. Three joint exercises have been held in both countries.
October 22, 2021
Susan Price – About 200 Indonesian military personnel are taking part in a joint training exercise with 150 Australian troops in the Northern Territory.
October 21, 2021
Up to 200 Indonesian military personal are taking part in a joint military exercise with Australian troops in the NT.
Melissa Mackay – Battling heatwave conditions and pandemic precautions, about 300 Australian and Indonesian soldiers are conducting their largest ever annual joint combat training acros
September 17, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – State-run shipbuilder PAL Indonesia will manufacture two frigates for the Navy under license from UK-based defense company Babcock, following a recent London
September 10, 2021
Maggie Leung, Jakarta – Indonesia and Australia have agreed to strengthen defense cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism and mulled joint military exercises in the future.
September 9, 2021
Chris Barrett and Anthony Galloway, Singapore – Australia has reaffirmed a joint commitment to fight terrorism with Jakarta as a new report warns pro-Islamic State cells in Indonesia ar
Daniel Hurst – Indonesian troops could join regular training exercises on Australian soil, as part of a deepening of defence ties with Australia.
August 5, 2021
Jakarta – Thousands of military personnel from Indonesia and the United States are participating in joint drills for two weeks described as the largest ever between the two countries.
August 3, 2021
Marni Cordell – Charles Sraun was chatting with five friends at a house in Merauke, the easternmost city of the disputed Indonesian territory of West Papua, when police stormed the buil
July 22, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Defense Ministry on Thursday confirmed that it is currently in the process of procuring six T-50i Golden Eagle trainer jets from South Korea that is wor
Ian Storey – Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has been on an accelerated drive to modernise the TNI.
July 6, 2021
Jakarta – Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto seems to have put the controversy over the whopping arms procurement budget behind him, as he recently toured France and Germany to forge mil
June 27, 2021
Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesia and the United States have broken ground on a new $3.5 million maritime training centre in the strategic area of Batam, in the Riau Islands,
June 6, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian and US marine soldiers took part in a joint training exercise on conducting military operations on urban terrain (urban warfare) in Situbondo district, East
June 4, 2021
Jakarta – That Indonesia, among the largest archipelagic states in the world with a huge population and rich in natural resources, needs strong armed forces is beyond question.
June 3, 2021
Lim Min Zhang, Singapore – Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto spoke on the phone on Thursday (June 3), reaffirming the close and longstanding bi
May 29, 2021
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Defense and technology company Lockheed Martin has confirmed that the United States government will not stand in the way if Indonesia acquires the latest vers
May 27, 2021
Maire Leadbeater – New Zealand is more than a bystander – our Government repeatedly endorses Indonesia's sovereignty over West Papua and has defence ties with Indonesia.
May 19, 2021
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Issues on boycotting Israel products have once again emerged among the public in Indonesia following the increasing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
May 12, 2021
New Zealand is being urged to speak up about human rights abuses in West Papua, and to cut military ties with Indonesia.
May 11, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian and Chinese navies conducted a joint military exercise in the waters near Jakarta on May 8, 2021 to improve coordination during emergencies at sea, the
May 5, 2021
By Izzy Brown, as told to Zelda Grimshaw