The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has established two new operational squadrons in a bid to improve the service's presence across its vast archipelago.
The first of these is Skadron Udara 33 (Aviation Squadron 33) at the Sultan Hasanuddin airbase in South Sulawesi. The squadron will function as a heavy transport and utility formation, and will consist of C-130H aircraft transferred from Aviation Squadrons 31 and 32.
Squadron 33 will also undertake paratrooper insertion missions for the Indonesian Army Strategic Reserve Command's (KOSTRAD's) third division.
A TNI-AU source told Jane's on 12 December that Squadron 33 consists of just two airframes, with serial numbers A-1332 and A-1323.
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