March 5, 2011

Grand parade and exhibition at Malaysian Army Open Day 2011

The Malaysian Army (Tentera Darat Malaysia) celebrated its 78th founding anniversary (1933 – 2011) with a spectacular grand military parade on Sunday 6th March 2011 on Jalan Raja in Kuala Lumpur in front of Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Dataran Merdeka.

The Malaysian Army proudly rolled out its main battle tanks PT-91M Pendekar during the parade of march pass by contingents of more than 5,000 army personnel as well as columns of military hardwares of the Army’s 16 corps.

Thousands of people, young and old and belonging to various walks of life witnessed the thrilling event which also included a free fall parachute jump and an anti-terrorist unit demonstration.

The parade and exhibition were the main activities of the three-day Malaysian Army Open Day from 4th – 6th March, 2011 held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi officially launched the Army Open Day. Also present were his deputy, Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azizan Ariffin and Army chief General Datuk Seri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

The three-day exhibition, featuring the Army’s 16 corps and military displays, was held for the first time to forge closer and better links with the community and provided a wonderful opportunity for the people to learn more about the Army

It was a good public relation exercise to make the people have a good opinion about the Malaysian Army and show the army will defend the people of the country with their strength and sophisticated weapons and equipment.

For those of you not able to make it there, here’s a peek at what’s on show.

Army Parade:

The Malaysian Army showcased its strength and assets to the public in a spectacular grand military parade of units of the 16 corps of the Malaysian Army in conjunction with the 78th Army Day celebrations.

The Malaysian Army main battle tanks PT-91M Pendekar roll out during the Malaysian Army Open Day parade in the backdrop of the Sultan Abdul Samad Buidling.

The PT-91M Pendekar is the export version of the Medium Tank PT-91A1 from Poland.

The British-made FV101 Scorpion light tank armed with Cockrill 90mm main gun makes its way past the Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Dataran Merdeka during the Malaysian Army Open Day parade.

Malaysia's armoured combat vehicle ACV 300 Adnan fitted with Sharpshooter Turret with 25mm Bushmaster chain gun. The ACV 300 Adnan is named after Adnan Bin Saidi, a Malay Lieutenant who fought in the Battle of Singapore during World War II.

The Sibmas 6x6 AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) for fire support role.

The army's Rheinmetall Condors 4x4 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) for Malaysia's UN peacekeeping missions.

The Daimler Ferret MKII armoured scout car. Several Commonwealth countries including Malaysia still operate them to this day.

The 155 mm medium gun howitzers.

The all-terrain carrier Bandvagn 206 from Sweden can carry troops (up to 17 people) and equipment.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third from right), Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azizan Ariffin (second from right), Army chief General Datuk Seri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin (fourth from right) and military top brass were present during the Army Open Day parade.

Army top brass including retired army generals, veterans and their family members attended the parade.

A section of the crowd watching the Army Open Day parade on Jalan Raja in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur.

The public enjoyed being at the Malaysian Army Open Day in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

Army infantry troops sporting combat gear march on the parade ground in Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka

The army's elite airborne brigade-sized unit 10th Brigade Para marching duirng the Army Open Day parade.

Paratroopers of the 10th Brigade Para with their faces painted black and green during the Army Open Day parade.

Malaysian female soldiers marching during the Army Open Day parade.

Malaysian U.N. peacekeepers marching during the Army Open Day parade.

The army's war dogs participate in the Army Open Day parade. The dogs are trained to track down people and sniff out bombs and are deployed on border and coastal patrols.

The Royal Military Police Corps (Kor Tentera Polis DiRaja) revved up their bikes at the Army Open Day parade.

Salute to the army's motocycle infantry.

Grup Gerak Khas (Special Forces Group) in their special vehicles participating in the Army Open Day parade.

Camouflage army's vechicles on parade at the Malaysian Army Open Day 2011.

The Royal Malay Regiment (Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja) makes its way past Jalan Raja during the Army Open Day parade.

The 1st Battalion Royal Malay Regiment is the ceremonial battalion for the King of Malaysia.

Sixteen paratroopers representing each of the army's 16 corps made free-fall parachute jumps from an aircraft flying above Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

A paratrooper landed on target on a field at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

The army's Red Warriors (Wira Merah) showing their motorcyle acrobatic stunt.... piling on 30 riders on one motorcycle. The Red Warriors is a demonstration team of the Royal Military Police Corps (Kor Polis Tentera DiRaja) and famed for their show at military tattoos in Malaysia.

The Evel Knievel jump by the Red Warriors (Wira Merah) involving a jump over eight Proton Saga cars.

A demonstration showing commandos from the anti-terrorists unit Malaysian Special Forces Group (Grup Gerak Khas) "storming" a bus "hijacked" by terrorists.

Army Exhibition:
The Malaysian Army Open Day is a chance for the public to see a range of exciting military displays and learn everything they need to know about life at the army. It is free to enter and provides a wonderful family day of fun.

A lady visitor checking out a machine gun HMG 12.7 mm mounted atop a VAMTAC (Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico) high mobility tactical army vehicle.

A visitor getting a feel of a general purpose machine gun GPMG 7.62 mm L7 A1.

The Jernas SAM system. Seen here is a Jernas launcher unit mounted with 8 units of SAM missles with calibers of 133 mm. Jernas is the export version of Rapier 2000 surface-to-air missles (SAM) developed by the British for the Malaysian market.

The Igla SLU (Support Launching Unit) carries shoulder-launch infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM) for destroying low flying aircraft and helicopters.

The public gets to to try out a mine detector at the Malaysian Army Open Day exhibition.

The 155 mm G5 MK III field artillery with a range of 39,000 metres.

The army's armoured fighting vehicle, Adnan Varian IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is armed with a 25 mm Bushmaster cannon and a 7.62 mm co-axial MG in Sharpshooter turret.

The 105 mm L5 Pack Howitzer with L10 ordnance light artillery weapon.

The Malaysian army has big guns at its disposal with the Astros-II MLRS (Artillery SaTuration ROcket System, Multiple-Launch Rocket System) self-propelled multiple rocket launcher with a range of 89,000 metres and is capable of firing rockets of different calibres armed with a range of warheads.

The SS-60 Astros rockets with a maximum firing range of 60 km.

The AV SS-30 rockets with a maximum firing range of 30 km.

The anti armour weapon Metis-M ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) with its sensor/guidance-system to guide its flight towards target.

A member of the public making a call using the radio equipment of the army's combat support regiment Rejimen Semboyan DiRaja (Royal Signals Regiment).

The public taking a closer look at the army's twin-engined helicopter AgustaWestland A109 LOH (Light Observation Helicopter) which can be used in observation, reconnaissance, tactical transport and area suppression missions.

A remote-controlled bomb disposal vehicle REODV (Robotic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Vehicle) of the Malaysian Army.

Spotted Umno Youth chief and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin who is a reservist of the Rejimen Askar Wataniah (Territorial Army) which forms the second line of Malaysia's defence.

Our young kids are motivated to serve the country.

Gurmit Singh (left) of the KPD (Kor Perkhidmatan Diraja) or Royal Service Corps and Gogisar of the KPTD (Kor Polis Tentera Diraja) or Royal Military Police Corps are brothers serving in the army.

Khalif (left) and Akram both from KJLJD (Kor Jurutera Letrik dan Jentera Diraja) or Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps striking a pose with Webb (of Australia Air Force) who is a student from foreign countries Armed Forces studying at the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College in Kuala Lumpur.

Many enthusiastically pose for photos with army personnel present at the exhibition.

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