Enhance the national defence prowess of the Tatmadaw that is safeguarding the country; joint military drill of Tatmadaw Army and Air and artillery and armoured forces conducted 

Nay Pyi Taw January 31

A joint military drill of Tatmadaw Army and Air and artillery and armoured forces was conducted in Meiktila Station today, with the aim of enhancing the national defence prowess of the Tatmadaw that is safeguarding the country, observed by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Also present at the military drill together with the Senior General were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Sein Win, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, commandants of Tatmadaw advanced training depots, senior officer trainees of National Defence College and Command and General Staff College and officials.

The commander of the military drill reported to the Senior General and party on the salient points of the military exercise. At the drill, infantry troops and armoured troops marched to and took positions at the frontline areas from the headquarters according to the designated routes and places in battle formations.

At the same time, airborne troops and antiterrorist troops seized the targeted places,airplanes and attack helicopters of the Tatmadaw (Air) crushed their targets, artilleries and series of rockets pounded the targets, infantry support heavy weapons conducted close-range attacks in crushing the enemy, joint infantry and armoured forces crushed the enemy and captured the targeted places.

Then, the drill of carrying the wounded by ambulance, conveying the wounded by helicopter in emergency cases and providing arms and ammunition and rations for the soldiers from the air were conducted.

After the drill, the Senior General de-livered an address to officials and all those who took part in the military drill. The Senior General said according to the nature of war, only the perfect preparations can ensure battle victory. The preparations involve the task of administering and providing logistic measures and receiving information as well as training. In the world, countries are conducting single-country drills as well as joint-drills with regional or global countries. The Tatmadaw is safeguarding the country. National defence needs advanced preparations and training. It needs time. The current drill mainly focuses on the formation of attacks and seizures by the Tatmadaw (Army).

In nature of war, ground troops must operate decisive land-occupied battles. Artilleries, armoured vehicles and airplanes join in the battle with supportive fire. It needs to open the direct fire on the targets. The Senior General said he took pride of capabilities of army, air force, artillery and armoured vehicles to shoot accurate fire on the target at today’s military drill. Capability of taking a surprise attack can secure victory in the battle with least casualty. As synchronized movement is of importance in the battles, it needs to calculate duration for the movements. Likewise, quickness plays a key role in securing victory in the battle whereas the massive warfare is of importance to completely combat the ene-mies. Today’s military drill was based on the aforesaid points. The arm troops included in the military drill must have capability to practically support and help the operation troops. Officials at different levels need to repair processes for ensuring better convenience of logistics and food provisions. Modernity and facilities of electronic equipment are important for speeding up fighting power. Aviation capability contributes much to the fighting power. Only then would those who own advancement of aviation capability and electronic technology win the modern wars.

Likewise, capability of air defence is a pivotal role in modern wars. Moreover, relevant military units need to always conduct re-search on situations of arms and ammunition, effectiveness and accurate range which are very important. The Senior General stressed the need for the whole Tatmadaw to continuously take various training sessions to be able to skillfully use these arms and ammunition. As the unexpected conditions may happen in the battlefield, combating servicemen need to have healthy lifestyle and foods and always take training to be fitness as health and fitness of servicemen are of great importance. They have to take training for having capability to handle military equipment and technologies changed in line with the present time. As such, the Senior General said he set the motto “Observe, Practise and Obey” for enabling the whole Tatmadaw to have always readiness for fighting.

Afterwards, the Senior General presented cash award to officers and other ranks from infantry and arm troops who participated in the military drill. Local media attended the military drill to cover information. The Senior General and party cordially greeted the media persons.

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