Saturday, September 21, 2013
Malaysian Armed Forces marks 80th anniversary with parade and display of military might in Kuala Lumpur
The sharp end of the Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) went on show this morning in the heart of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, with a tri-Service parade to mark the Malaysian military's 80th anniversary.
Among the parade highlights was a photocall (above) by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak with the Malaysian Army's Kombat Tim Striker (PT-91M MBTs, Stormer APCs and Malaysian infantry), the display of Russian air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance used by the Sukhoi Su-30MKM warplanes and the much anticipated unveiling of the Number 5 uniform in the digitised camouflage pattern.
We got into position from 6:30am, well in time for the parade which was due to commence from 8am.
As per SOP for these sort of events, the guiding principle was to get as close to the action as possible and from the seat in the gallery, yours truly slowly inched towards the VVIP stand and the parade route.
The pictures and stories which will be released in due course will show how close is close.
An additional treat (for me at least) was the presence of ATM staff cars. This included 10 MID's Malaysian counterpart, Z1, which was photographed this morning.
Posted by David Boey at 2:56 PM