Indonesian fighter jets patrol over borders with Timor Leste, Australia

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-15 22:21:29|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Air Force is deploying two F-16 fighter jets for operation over the country's province of East Nusa Tenggara that borders Timor Leste and Australia, an air force officer said.

The two F-16 fighters have been on patrol over the border areas since Monday, Colonel Bambang Juniar Jupiter, commander of the El Tari Air Base in the province's capital of Kupang, told reporters on Tuesday.

The patrol was scheduled to take place until Thursday, Jupiter said, adding that the two F-16 fighters are headquartered in the squadron 3 of the Iswahyudi Air Base in East Java province's city of Madiun.

He pointed out that the two jets are deployed to detect possible violations on Indonesia's airspace by foreign aircraft, including illegal activities committed by irresponsible parties in East Nusa Tenggara province's territorial waters which share borders with the two countries.

During the operation on Monday and Tuesday, no violations or illegal activities against the Indonesian territories were found, he said. Enditem