Thursday, February 14, 2008


Tontaipur (abbreviation for Peleton Intai Tempur, or combat and reconnaissance platoon) is the Indonesian Army Strategic Reserve Command's newest elite unit, formed on August 4, 2001. After a five-month period of intensive training, 97 personnel were selected from the 9th and the 13th Infantry Brigades to became the first troops for this elite unit.
Tontapiur will be sent to do surveillance and reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines and destroy enemy strategic installations. Among their equipment are special assault rifles and night vision goggles (NVG). The Tontaipur can conduct operations on land, sea, and in the air.
The first test for Tontaipur was the operation to demolish the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

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