Australian Army tests new weapons, combat vehicles for the first time in major military exercise [photos]

THE Australian Army has put its newest weapons and combat vehicles to the test for the first time during a major live-fire military exercise in central Victoria.

The army tested its extensive firepower capabilities during Exercise Chong Ju at the Combined Armed Training Centre at the Puckapunyal Army Base, 10km west of Seymour on Thursday.

The annual exercise is considered the Army’s largest firepower demonstration and provides soldiers with an opportunity to train in and experience a live-fire setting.


An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank fires at targets during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tanks fire at targets during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

Commander of Forces Major General Gus McLachlan said the major exercise demonstrated the joint power of the 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, Protected Mobility Light- Hawkei Vehicle and unmanned aerial systems.”

Soldiers prepare to fire mortars during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

Soldiers fire a Javelin missile at a target during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

This year’s exercise also included demonstrations from the M1A1 Abrams tank, ASLAV Australian Light Armoured Vehicle, M113 armoured personnel carriers, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery piece.

Among the Army’s other capabilities on display were the Tiger ARH, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Soldier Combat Ensemble, Battle Management System, as well as two Hawk 127 lead-in fighter aircraft.

An Australian Army Eurocopter ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter fires at targets during Exercise Chong Ju (Supplied\DoD)

A Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light, on display during Exercise Chong Ju (Supplied/DoD)

Soliders with the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle during Exercise Chong Ju (Supplied/DoD)