In the latest sign of ongoing hostilities in the South China Sea, Indonesia has announced plans to install its own air defense system in the region. Nearly $5 trillion in trade passes annually through the highly contested region of the the South China Sea. China lays claim to most of the area, but there are conflicting claims by Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

According to meeting transcripts provided to IHS Jane, the Indonesian military is set to take steps to assert its own territorial claims. The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara, or TNI-AU) will station four special forces units, known as the Korps Pasukan Khas (PASKHAS), on Pulau Natuna Besar island in the South China Sea. READ MORE