19 Aug 2009

Indonesian military to construct air defence radar base in Papua

8:16 pm on 19 August 2009

The Indonesian military is to construct an air defence radar station in Timika of Papua region to strengthen the country's defence system and safeguard it from possible attack.

The Antara state newsagency reports the Timika Air Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Easter Haryanto as saying his office will survey a location for the radar next week.

He says construction will start in 2011 and the site will be ready for use a year later.

Lt Col Haryanto says as well as the radar, roads, bridges, office and a housing complex will be built.

He says other radar stations are being built at Merauke, on Papua's souther coast, and on Maluku.