Australian Army Showcases Firepower Capability

Today the Australian Army displayed its extensive firepower capability during Exercise Chong Ju held at the Combined Armed Training Centre in Puckapunyal, Victoria. The Army’s Commander of Forces, Command Major General Gus McLachlan, said the exercise demonstrates the joint power of Army’s latest technology and capability. “Exercise Chong Ju has...

Today the Australian Army displayed its extensive firepower capability during Exercise Chong Ju held at the Combined Armed Training Centre in Puckapunyal, Victoria.

The Army’s Commander of Forces, Command Major General Gus McLachlan, said the exercise demonstrates 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. This included a static display of the Land 400 CRV Boxer, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, Protected Mobility Light- Hawkei Vehicle and unmanned aerial systems,” Major General McLachlan said.

“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 Exercise Chong Ju displays also included the M1A1 Abrams tank, ASLAV Australian Light Armoured Vehicle, M113 armoured personnel carriers, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery piece, the Soldier Combat Ensemble, and Battle Management Systems.

Media Note
Imagery of the display is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20180906

Source: news.defence.gov.au