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Australian Army firepower capability put on display

m a  abrams tank at exercise chong ju
An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank fires at targets during Exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal training area, Victoria. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The Australian Army showcased its firepower capability during Exercise Chong Ju, held at the Combined Arms Training Centre in Puckapunyal, Victoria.

The Australian Army showcased its firepower capability during Exercise Chong Ju, held at the Combined Arms Training Centre in Puckapunyal, Victoria.

The Army’s Commander of Forces Command, Major General Gus McLachlan, said the exercise demonstrated the joint power of Army’s latest technology and capability.

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The exercise had the Army's latest acquisition, the Boxer CRV, on show in a static display. The Rheinmetall-designed vehicle was recently selected under the LAND 400 Phase 2 project, with 211 vehicles to be acquired over the coming years.

"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," MAJGEN 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."

The Exercise Chong Ju display, watched by senior Defence Force figures, defence industry chiefs and federal MPs, 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.

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