Indonesian military to build radar station in Papua's Timika PDF Afdrukken

JAKARTA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Military (TNI) would construct an air defense radar station in Timika regency in the country's easternmost province of Papua, to improve its early warning system in anticipating possible attack from other countries, the Antara news agency reported here on Tuesday.

 Timika Air Force Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Easter Haryanto said that his subordinates would commence the survey on the radar site project on Aug. 25, it reported.

    "The construction of the radar system is scheduled to commence in 2011 and to start serving a year later," Easter said.

    Easter also said that besides the radar, the TNI would also construct roads, bridges, an office and a housing complex that supports the operation of the radar system

    Easter added that besides the one planned to be built in Timika, the TNI was building another radar station in Merauke, the easternmost city in the province.

    Another similar project would be set in Saumlaki, Maluku waters, to be functioned as detector of illegal fishing activities conducted by foreign fishing boats that frequent to occur in the Maluku and Papua waters.