The Indonesian Army has unveiled three new infantry brigades as part of the country’s defence strategy to maintain sovereignty.

Indonesian Army Chief Lieutenant General George Toisutta said the new brigades were the 21 Komodo Infantry Brigade, the 22 Ota Manasa Infantry Brigade and the 24 Bulungan Cakti Infantry Brigade.

Each brigade consists of about 300 soldiers which will be tasked with ensuring security, both for the citizens living in the immediate surroundings of the headquarters and for the entire country.

The army is planning to establish a military command in West Kalimantan in 2010, while a study for one more command in Papua is expected to begin next year.