Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing observed and inspected the Tatmadaw army and air joint military exercise of air, artillery and armored forces in Meiktila cantonment yesterday held with the aim towards security and defence of the country and to raise the capability of the armed forces.
Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and party were first briefed about the exercise by the commanding officer of the exercise.
After the briefing, infantry and armored forces deployed to the assigned front line positions in battle-ready formations from the western command headquarters.
As this deployment was being conducted airborne forces and anti-terrorist forces attacked the target area while aircrafts, attack helicopters, artillery, multiple rocket launchers and infantry support heavy arms gave support, suppression and close-in fire support. The combine force of infantry and armored forces then attacked and occupied the targets.
The exercise concluded with the evacuation of casualties by ambulances, and evacuation of seriously wounded personnel by helicopters and air drop of ration and ammunition for the forces that had occupied the targets.
In his address to the participants of the military exercise after the exercise, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that in the countries of the world, armed forces were conducting military exercises on their own or together with other armed forces in joint exercises. The Tatmadaw was performing the duty of defending the country and this had to be done through preparatory and practice exercises. In modern warfare, the side with better air power and electronic warfare technologies would become the winner. Similarly, air-defence capability played an important role in modern warfare. As effectiveness and accuracy of the arms and ammunitions was also important, related forces were required to conduct continuous researches. The entire Tatmadaw must be able to use these arms and ammunitions expertly so exercises must be conducted continuously. That was why the motto of “study, practice and follow up” has been designated for the entire Tatmadaw to be battle ready, said the Senior General.
Following the address, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presented cash presents to officers and troops of infantry and support forces.
Also present at the exercise were local news media and Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief and party cordially met and greeted the media personnel according to news released by the Office of the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief.
—MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)