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Balibo (2009)

Balibo is a 2009 Australian film set during the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor, where veteran Australian journalist Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia) teams up with charismatic young politician and future President José Ramos-Horta (Oscar Isaac) to search for the "Balibo Five", five Australian journalists missing at the eponymous town on the West Timorese border.

The following weapons were used in the movie Balibo:


Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is the main sidearm of Indonesian forces in the film. It is most notably used by an Indonesian irregular officer to execute one of the Balibo Five.

Browning Hi-Power with Target sights - 9x19mm
The Indonesian irregular officer shoots one of the Balibo Five with a Hi-Power.



The AK-47 is the main weapon of Indonesian irregulars and Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) Paratroopers in the film.

Type III AK-47, milled receiver - 7.62x39mm

Norinco Type 56

When the Indonesians fire their AK-47s, they become the Norinco Type 56, as noted by their hooded sights.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") which was standard on PLA-issue Type 56s - 7.62x39mm
Type 56 assault rifle aka M22, early milled receiver model without under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm
A Norinco Type 56 is pointed at one of the Balibo Five.
A Kostrad paratrooper (distinguishable by his American "Wine-Leaf" camouflage uniform) fires a Type 56.
The paratrooper destroys a Teletype machine with the Type 56.

Sa vz. 58

Some Indonesian irregulars use the Sa vz. 58 assault rifle when they capture the journalists. Later, a few Kostrad paratroopers also use the Sa vz. 58 during scenes depicting the invasion of Dili.

Sa vz. 58 P - 7.62x39mm
An Indonesian irregular opens fire with a Sa vz. 58.
An irregular searches for one of the journalists.
A paratrooper with a Sa vz. 58 drags Roger East towards the docks.

Heckler & Koch G3A3

The Heckler & Koch G3A3 is the main weapon of East Timorese Fretelin soldiers taking part in the defense of Balibo, including driver Ximenes (Osme Gonsalves). Indonesian soldiers are also seen with G3A3s during the invasion of Dili in December 1975.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 with slimline handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
Ximenes holds a G3A3 while talking to Roger East.

XM16E1 Rifle

A variant of the M16 rifle is glimpsed briefly amongst Fretelin troops. It is difficult to tell specifically which variant, but it appears to most closely resemble the XM16E1 Rifle based on the muzzle and flash hider.

XM16E1 Rifle with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Two Frelitin soldiers in the background hold M16s.

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