Today the Australian Army displayed its extensive firepower capability during Exercise Chong Ju at the Combined Armed^ (sic) Training Centre in Puckapunyal, Victoria.
CAPTION: A new* Tiger, Taipan and Boxer on show at Exercise Chong Ju 2018. Photo by Corporal Nunu Campos.
Commander Forces Command Major General Gus McLachlan said the exercise demonstrated the joint power of Army’s latest technology and capability.
“Exercise Chong Ju has featured some of Army’s newest* weapons, vehicles and combat systems for the first time,” Major General McLachlan said.
“This included a static display of the Land 400 CRV Boxer, the Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter*, Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light and unmanned aerial systems.
“Exercise Chong Ju is the Army’s largest firepower demonstration and provides our soldiers with an opportunity to train in and experience a live-fire setting, ensuring our soldiers are always prepared for combat operations.
“Army is evolving to ensure we are adapting with technology and drawing from the intellectual talent of our people to continually build and harness a powerful land force, always ready to defend Australia and its national interests.”
Today’s displays at Exercise Chong Ju also included the M1A1 Abrams tank, Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV), M113 armoured personnel carriers, Javelin anti-tank missiles, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery, the Soldier Combat Ensemble, and the Army’s Battle Management Systems.
* CONTACT is fairly sure Tiger isn’t new – so perhaps the general meant it was newly returned to service after fleet-wide groundings 😉
^ Is correctly called the Combined Arms Training Centre.
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