The Bravo Detachment 90 (Denbravo) is a Special Operations unit whose personnel are specialists recruited and chosen from the Indonesian Air Force (PARA) special forces which is the Paskhas. It is the youngest special operations unit of the Indonesian Air Force. The unit specialises in the paralysing of the enemy’s heavy equipment.
The unit specialise in hostage rescue involving hijacked aircraft.
Initially, there were 34 personnel in Bravo: 1 commanding officer, 3 group commander, and 30 troops. No information ever released about this unit from its limited formation until the end of the 1990s. In this vacuum era, it is believed that its members were assigned into Kopaskhasaus Demonstration and Training Unit (Satdemolat). It was 9 September 1999 this special forces detachment was formally established.
Bravos personnel were recruited from the best graduates of Paskhas training in the Air Force. About 5 to 10 best Paskhas graduates are recruited for this elite unit each year. To train its anti-terror techniques, the unit also trains at the Indonesian Army’s Sat-81 Gultor (Kopassus) GMF facility and aeroplane hostage rescue trainings, Marines Denjaka facility for off-shore airfields infiltration and attack trainings, Navy’s KOPASKA facility for underwater demolition trainings, Indonesian Police’s Gegana Detachment facility for anti-bomb unit trainings and British Special Air Service Regiment for direct action, counter-terrorism, special intelligence and HALO/HAHO skills.
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