The first two Su-27SKs and two Su-30s for the TNI-AU arrived aboard the Antonov transports directly from Russia. The Su-30 serialled "TS-3001" is seen here during the unloading process. (Photo: Serka Eko Edi/Dispen AU)
After being put together and inspected by a team of Russian technicians, the Su-27SK "TS-2701" is seen while being readied for the first flight. (Photo: Pentak Iswahjudi)
Above and bellow: The first Indonesian Su-30 seen while on a demonstration flight over Iswahyudi AB. (Photo: Serka Eko Edi/Dispen AU)
Above and bellow: a series of close-up photographs showing the front section of the Su-30 "TS-3001" inside a hangar at Iswahyudi AB. Note the thin yellow outline of the red serial, and the isnignia of the 11 Skvadron above it! (all three photos: Griffin, copyright ACIG.org=
Above and bellow: Iswahyudi is the main base for Indonesian fighter force, and here the squadrons equipped with F-5s and F-16s are also based. These two photos show the F-16A TS-1602 inside the hangar and rolling for take-off. Despite the embargo on spare-parts supply imposed by the USA the Indonesian F-16-fleet remains operational. (photo: Griffin, copyright ACIG.org)
This F-16A, serialled TS1611 was seen parked outside the hangar - and without the engine. Probably, the plane is waiting for the engine to be repaired or for some other kind of maintenance.
F-16B TS1603 as seen inside a hangar at Iswahyudi AB
On 28th March 1981, Garuda Indonesian Airlines Flight GA 206, by DC-9 "Woyla" was en route from Palembang to Medan, a domestic flight between two Indonesian cities. The plane had flown from Jakarta at 0800, was in transit to Palembang, and from there was scheduled to make the trip to its final destination at Medan, arrival time estimated 1055.
Once in the air, however, two passengers got up from their seats. One went to the cockpit while the other stood in the aisle. Moments later, by 1010, Woyla was completely under the control of five hijackers, all armed. The hijacker in the cockpit ordered the pilot to fly the plane to Colombo, Sri Lanka, but the pilot said that the fuel wouldn't be sufficient to travel that distance. Then the plane was then flown to Penang, Malaysia.
The terrorists are from Jihad Commando group, Moslem radicals that responsible for raids on police stations, military bases, and various acts of sabotage in Indonesia from 1977-1981. In the midday, Indonesian government went on red alert. Indonesia had never dealt with serious hijacking before. The first case ever was in 1974, when a desperate Marine hijacked a domestic flight for money, then he was killed by the pilot himself. In an effort to familiarize themselves with the layout of the aircraft, later that evening the newly created Indonesian's Special Force, Kophasanda, borrowed another DC-9 from Garuda Airlines and used it for combat training.
The plan itself wasn't good. Woyla has left Malaysia after refueling, bound to Don Muang, Thailand. An old female passenger was allowed to go in Malaysia. The terrorists have declared their demand: The release of Jihad Commandos that have been imprisoned by Indonesian government, and US $ 1.5 million. They also demand a plane is prepared for the released prisoners, to an yet unspecified destination. They have bomb set on the plane. Things get harder for the Kophasanda commander. He suspects that the plane will be flown to a state in Middle East. But as the plane has been relocated from Malaysia, the step was going further for him. Also, US Ambassador has called him and told him that US really counts on him to the safety of American citizens abroad the flight. In 2100, 29th March, 35 members of Kophasanda left Indonesia in a DC-10, all wearing civilian clothes.
Thailand government itself didn't agree much on Indonesian choice to use military force. They preferred negotiation, the same way that ended the taking of Israeli embassy in Bangkok by Black September terrorists back in 1972. Finally, they let the military way, considering that the owner of the aircraft is Indonesian government, and all the terrorists are Indonesian nationals, from a Moslem extremist group. The CIA chief of station in Thailand met later with Kophasanda to lend them flak jackets and breaching kits for the assault.
0230, an American journalist on the top of a bus surrounding Don Muang, woke his comrades, international journalists from Indonesia, US, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, West Germany, France, and Australia. 500 meters from Woyla, armed soldiers walked silently in the bushes. The plan was, blue team and red team would climb the wings then wait at the side doors. The windows of the plane have been blinded. While green team will breach the rear door, all will enter at the same time at the go-code.
0243: Thailand commando team moves in, waiting on the runway to prevent the possibility of escaping terrorists.
0243: The go-code is given. The three teams enter, but not at the same time. Green team entered first, only to find that a terrorist was alert in the rear side of the plane. The terrorist fired, striking one assault team member in an area of his stomach unprotected by his flak jacket. The hijacker then killed himself. Blue team and red team then entered, shot two others terrorists on sight, as the passengers ducked and closed their eyes. The commando team shouted to the passengers, telling them to rush out. A hijacker, with grenade in hand, also ran outside and tried to throw it. But other passengers pinpointed him and the commando team finished him before the front door. The last terrorist was killed outside the plane.
0245: With the area secure, paramedics immediately rushed to the plane to try and save the pilot who had accidentally been shot by a terrorist during the raid.
However, US reporters would soon become distracted from this event as reports of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan began to filter in.
All terrorists aboard were killed, as were the pilot of Woyla and the anti-terrorist team member. The Asian Wall Street Journal, as well as Asian and European papers praised the good work by Indonesian Special Force. Indonesian intelligence itself later declared that the main goal of the terrorists' organization was to throw the government and to create an Islamic state in Indonesia. It is suspected that they have asked for support to Islamic Republic of Iran, as the leader of the hijacker (the one that killed the CT member then shot himself) has written a letter to Ayatollah Khomeini, behalf of the Indonesian Islamic Revolutionary Council, asking for aid from Iran.
Nice going, makavelli. Those are some interesting pics!
Thanks for posting. I liked the close-up of the carrying handle of the ss2 with the little white stickers on the left side of the receiver to remind the shooter what the course of fire was gonna be at 400 & 500 meters.
Hey Makavelli, Can you give us some links or more info on detachment 88? Are they the ones who rescued the kidnapped Dutch couple (with the pregnant wife) in Irian several years ago? Those dudes crouched on top of the train with the MBB-105 hovering very close by look pretty switched on....
The pictures of the current President in Camo are rather unusual, too..Nice find!