Visit by the In­dian Chief of the Air Staff to In­done­sia


Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha, Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and Chief of Air Staff, In­dian Air Force, vis­ited In­done­sia from Novem­ber 23 to 26 on an invitation from Air Chief Mar­shal Ida Ba­gus Putu Du­nia, Chief of Staff, In­done­sian Air Force. This was the first visit by an In­dian Air Chief to In­done­sia in over a decade and hap­pened against the back­drop of the sum­mit meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at the time of the East Asia Sum­mit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myan­mar, dur­ing which en­hance­ment of de­fence co­op­er­a­tion was one of the key points of dis­cus­sion.

Dur­ing this visit, Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha had a meet­ing with his coun­ter­part Air Chief Mar­shal Putu Du­nia and in­ter­acted with the In­done­sian Air Force. The In­done­sian Air Force ex­pressed their keen in­ter­est to in­crease the scope of co­op­er­a­tion with the In­dian Air Force through greater in­ter­ac­tion in the fu­ture. In­dian Air Chief was ac­com­pa­nied by the In­dian Am­bas­sador Gur­jit Singh for his meet­ing with Gen­eral Ryamizard Ry­acudu (Retd), the Min­is­ter of De­fence, RI. The In­done­sian Min­is­ter of De­fence was ap­pre­cia­tive of the on­go­ing ini­tia­tives in the field of de­fence coop- er­a­tion and un­der­lined the im­mense scope and po­ten­tial to fur­ther the en­gage­ment be­tween the two armed forces in the fu­ture.

Air Chief Mar­shal Raha also vis­ited PT Dir­gan­tara at Ban­dung and saw the pro­duc­tion and main­te­nance fa­cil­i­ties. He com­pli­mented PTDI for their ef­forts at in­di­geni­sa­tion and ex­pressed In­dia’s com­mit­ment to support the In­done­sian de­fence In­dus­try.

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