SHAH ALAM: Outgoing Army chief General TS Zamrose Mohd Zain officially launched Rejimen 883, the unit operating the six MD530 Light Scout Attack Helicopter (LSAH) for the Army Air Wing or Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat (PUTD) on March 11. The ceremony was held at PUTD headquarters at the Mahkota Camp in Keluang, Johor where a parade was held for the retiring 28th Army Chief.
With the official launch, the unit will drop the Ad Hoc designation used previously. The unit was stood up on February 10, 2022. PUTD now has three regiments, Rejimen 881 (AW109s); Rejimen 882 (Nuri; soon to be Black Hawk) and Rejimen 883.
It was at this ceremony, Zamrose announced the selection of the Black Hawk helicopters for the leasing tender to replace the now-retired Nuri.
Apart from launching 883, Zamrose also officiated the unit simulator centre which operates the MD530G Flight Training Device (FTD). From the pictures posted by the Army, the simulator centre has a single FTD used to train new pilots on the MD530G.
The FTD is unlike the full flight simulator like the EC725 and AW139 operated by two different companies in Subang (Airbus and PWN Excellence). It must be noted that simulator training for RMAF aircraft – Hercules and Black Hawk – is done overseas.
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