New radar stations increase Indonesian maritime security
The Indonesian government has agreed to install seven radars along the Makassar Strait to support security maintenance efforts in the country`s second most sailed sea-lane. According to Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono the radar stations are to be provided by the United States Government in an effort to helping Indonesia build its capacity to secure its waters. The minister further said that the main function of the seven radars in the Makassar Strait would be that of preventing acts of terror at sea.
The security of the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) is a matter of vital importance to users of these lines in the region.
Previously the U.S. Government has also provided Indonesia with five surveillance radar stations which are now an existential part of the Integrated Maritime Surveillance System (IMSS) in the Malacca Strait, the world`s busiest sea lane. According to the minister, the security of the Malacca Strait is being maintained jointly by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore through a coordinated patrol scheme launched in July, 2004.
An interesting research paper about “The Triborder Sea Area: Maritime Southeast Asia’s Ungoverned Space” was written by Ian Storey.