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Detasemen Bravo-90

Detasemen Bravo 90 terbilang paling muda. Baru dibentuk secara terbatas di lingkungan Korps Pasukan Khas AU pada 1990, Bravo berarti yang terbaik. Konsep pembentukannya merujuk kepada pemikiran Jenderal Guilio Douchet: Lebih mudah dan lebih efektif menghancurkan kekuatan udara lawan dengan cara menghancurkan pangkalan/instalasi serta alutsistanya di darat daripada harus bertempur di udara.

Dari dasar ini, Bravo 90 diarahkan menjalankan tugas intelijen dalam rangka mendukung operasi udara, menetralisir semua potensi kekuatan udara lawan serta melaksanakan operasi-operasi khusus sesuai kebijakan Panglima TNI. Saat dibentuk, Bravo diperkuat 34 prajurit ­ 1 perwira, 3 bintara, 30 tamtama. Entah kenapa, sejak dibentuk hingga akhir 1990-an, hampir tak pernah terdengar nama Bravo. Dalam masa "vakum" itu, anggotanya dilebur ke dalam Satuan Demonstrasi dan Latihan Depodiklat Paskhas (Satdemolat). Baru pada 9 September 1999, dilaksanakan upacara pengukuhan Detasemen Bravo dengan penyerahan tongkat komando.

Prajurit Bravo diambil dari prajurit para-komando terbaik. Setiap angkatan direkrut 5-10 orang. Untuk mengasah kemampuan antiteror, latihan dilakukan di pusat latihan serbuan pesawat GMF Sat-81 Gultor, latihan infiltrasi laut dalam rangkan penyerbuan pangkalan udara lepas pantai di pusat latihan Denjaka, latihan UDT (under water demolition) di sarana latihan Kopaska, serta latihan penjinakan bahan peledak di Pusdikzi Gegana, Polri.

Detasemen Bravo 90 (Bravo-90 Detachment) is the newest unit in the Indonesian Special Forces groups. Bravo, which means the best, was formed in limited ways within the Air Force Special Forces Corps (Kopaskhasau). The concept of this unit follows General Guilio Douchets war strategy: it is easier and more effective to destroy enemys air power by destroying its ground installations and armories than by conducting air combats. Based on this thinking, Bravo 90 is directed to perform intelligence in support of air operations, neutralize all enemys potential air power, and other special operations as instructed by the Armed Forces Commander.  

Initially, there were 34 personnels 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 1990s. In this vacuum era, it is believed that its members were assigned into Kopaskhasaus Demonstration and Training Unit (Satdemolat). It was September 9, 1999 this special forces detachment was formally established.

Bravos personnels were recruited from the best graduates of Para-Commando trainings in the Air Force. About 5-10 graduates are recruited for this elite unit. To train its anti-terror techniques, the unit also trains at Armys Sat-81 Gultor GMF facility for airplane hostage rescue trainings, Navys Denjaka facility for off-shore airfields infiltration and attack trainings, Navys Kopaska facility for underwater demolition trainings, and Polices Gegana facility for anti-bomb unit trainings.

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Hostage rescue operation training.

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Den Bravo-90 sniper team.

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Bravo-90 personnels in a night operation exercise.

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Airplane hijacking rescue operation training.

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Den Bravo-90 personnels in rescue training (both images above).