PNGDF investigating Indonesian flight reports

7:50 pm on 18 May 2015

The head of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force says wants more information on an alleged flight into local airspace by Indonesian military aircraft.

Indonesian military guard the border with Papua New Guinea

Indonesian military guard the border with Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo says he is waiting on a full report from his border unit in West Sepik about reports of two jets scrambling to intercept an approved Australian aircraft.

He says the first time he heard of the incident was when he read a morning paper, despite the media quoting a PNG intelligence report.

Brigadier Toropo says he can't confirm the violation of airspace but if it is correct PNG will be approaching Indonesia through diplomatic channels.

"Our normal government systems want to make sure that our relations with both of our countries continue to operate in a more friendly manner and PNG and Indonesia's relations are strong but it will be a concern if such military air capabilities do cross into our territory."

The Commander of the PNGDF Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo.