2013 MAR Malaysian Army 80th Anniversary and Open Day, Bandar Tentera Darat, Port Dickson, Malaysia

2 March 2013 Saturday

Firstly, many thanks to Malaysian defence journalist Dzirhan Mahadzir for the event schedule for the Malaysian Army 80th Anniversary and Open Day at Bandar Tentera Darat, Port Dickson and also the Singaporean crew that came down for the event.

This is the first time for me to come down to Port Dickson and to capture the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) anniversary parade.

Official news was that there were 4000 army personnel and more than 100 military equipments involved in the MAF 80th anniversary parade.

It was a great experience to personally see the first showcase of the MAF PARS AV8 that will be used in the near future to replace the Condors and Sibmas which had served the MAF for many years.

It was interesting to note that most of the MAF vehicles were armed with a .50 Browning machine gun instead of GPMG.

The showcase of the Grup Gerak Khas (GGK), MAF Special Service Group, and the 10th Paratrooper Brigade marching contingents was a great sight and also not forgetting the other marching contingents and hardware of the MAF.

However, it seems that the spectators coming down to watch the anniversary parade were mostly made up of family members of the armed services which are stationed there.

It was a pity that not many outsiders came down to support the anniversary parade as the MAF did put up a great anniversay parade and a beach assault demonstration too.

I was not able to go down for the beach assault demonstration after feeling unwell due to the hot weather on Saturday.

]1[ First showcase of Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) PARS AV8 armed with a 25mm turret.

]2[ Back view of the PARS AV8.

]3[ Malaysian Army Aviation, Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat (PUTD), AgustaWestland A109 LOH.

]4[ Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) PT-91M Pendekar MBT.

]5[ MB G-Wagon armed with a Metis-M Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).

]6[ Malaysian Army K9 Unit, Tentera Darat Unit Anjing Perang.

]7[ Uro Vamtac High Mobility Tactical Vehicle, first Vamtac armed with an AGL and second Vamtac armed with a .50 Browning machine gun.

]8[ Adnan Armoured Combat Vehicle – Stretched (ACV-S) armed with a 120mm TDA 2R2M rifled mortar system.

]9[ Amdac truck towing a G5 MkIII 155mm howitzer.

]10[ Astros II MLRS launcher vehicle.

]11[ Special Service Group, Grup Gerak Khas (GGK), fast marching contingent.

]12[ Grup Gerak Khas (GGK) Special Operation Vehicle (SOV) armed with .50 BMG, GPMG, AGL and Instalanza C-90 CR.

]13[ Grup Gerak Khas (GGK) Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Unit Lawan Keganasan (ULK), Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV).

]14[ 10th Paratrooper Brigade fast marching with full airborne gear, Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), Pasukan Aturgerak Cepat (PAC).

]15[ Paratroopers on an Isuzu D-Max armed with an Anza MK-III Manpads.

]16[ Video of rehearsal from youtube.

More photos in Flickristan.

]2013 MAR[ Malaysian Army 80th Anniversary and Open Day, Bandar Tentera Darat, Port Dickson, Malaysia


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