SHAH ALAM: THE Army conducted its annual Firepower Exercise at the Asahan range at the Kem Sirajuddin in Gemas yesterday. The exercise was previously called Firepower Demonstration in the past but this year its designation was changed to better reflect its role as the Army’s main live firing exercise.
As I was unable to make it to Gemas – due to various reasons – I am posting pictures from the exercise and rehearsal courtesy of Kementerian Pertahanan and Tentera Darat Facebook pages. If you want to see more pictures please head to the respective pages. The captions of the pictures used here are mine however.
I doubt I will get more information about the Army plans by going to the exercise as those who are in the know will be busy with the VIPs. This time around, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Johari Baharum was the VIP.
However it can be inferred from the above picture that the Army is planning to use its Nuri helicopters as a battlefield taxi much like when it was used during the 70s and 80s. We can also also infer that by 2030, the Army might need a new 10-tonne class helicopters to replace the Nuris. This is of course depends on whether or not the current Army plans survived the trials and tribulations of the next 15 years.
It must be noted that a host of Army equipment and vehicles will be up for replacement in 15 years time. Even the soon to be upgraded Condors and Scorpions are unlikely to be around past 2030, like most of us here.
Apart from the Nuri, the PUTD AW109 helicopter also made an appearance firing the M134 Dillion mini-gun.
And as usual, the RMAF also conducted live bombings at the range as part of the exercise with Hornets and Flankers conducting bombing runs.
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