INTRODUCTION: Indonesian is fast emerging as one of the best-equipped military forces in South East Asia.
GV President Suharto reviewing armed forces 0.12
SV Troops 0.16
GV Fighter jets, PAN TO Parachute Regiment (2 shots) 0.36
GV Parachutists dropping from aircraft (2 shots) 0.49
CU Naval Commander looking through field glasses 0.52
SV Parachutists landing (2 shots) 1.04
CU Suharto on dais 1.07
SV Members of the three armed forces marching past (3 shots) 1.27
SV Suharto and Chiefs of Staff 1.30
GV Armoured cars and tanks in parade (3 shots) 1.50
GV Indonesian naval corvette firing guns at sea 1.55
SV Patrol boat 2.02
GV Corvette firing guns and landing craft firing rockets 2.14
GV Submarines moving past (2 shots) 2.27
Background: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
INTRODUCTION: Indonesian is fast emerging as one of the best-equipped military forces in South East Asia. And at the 35th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day, a wide range of weaponry was on display.
SYNOPSIS: The review parade, which took place on Monday (5 October) in West Java was watched by President Suharto and other top officials. The President is reported to be committed to an expansion of the country's defence system.
The celebrations were intended to demonstrate the mobility of the Forces. Airborne troops of the Kopasanda and Kospasgat Commandos made parachute jumps over the ceremonial area. Overall, 50 aircraft took part in the display. The Indonesian air force consists largely of German-built aircraft, and many of these were among the jets and bombers which flew past. The celebrations were taking place at three different places: in West Java, North Sumatra, and in the South Sulawesi. These celebrations have been held since 1945 when the people of Indonesia won their independence. The Indonesian Forces have reached such a strength that they say they intend to start supplying the defence needs of friendly states before long.
The President is currently in his third term of office. And when elections take place in 1982 he is expected to be re-elected. Critics of the President have alleged that he uses state occasions, such as the Armed Forces Day, for personal advantage. But his supporters point to his successful management of the economy. The vast revenues from oil and gas exports and a healthy growth rate over the years have permitted military expansion. The October 5th celebrations were designed to show the Indonesian people the extent of President Suharto's commitment to this expansion.
A naval display formed an important part of the ceremonies. Thirty-seven warships took part, and craft landed troops and their military vehicles. Police troops were also involved in demonstrating search and rescue missions close to the Presidential grandstand. The celebrations showed the diverse sources of Indonesian's arms; American and German aircraft, and French-built tanks. And the authorities intend to keep up the military growth while oil revenues last.
Source: REUTERS - WALTER BURGESS