Saturday, September 14, 2013
Malaysian Armed Forces to stage massive parade in KL on 21 Sep to mark 80th Anniversary
[Edit: Amended the march off time to 8am in the 3rd par. Thanks Dzirhan.]
A military parade involving some 8,000 warfighters and combat vehicles in a new, digitised camouflage pattern will be held next Saturday (21 September 2013) in the heart of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Held to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) on the first weekend after Hari Angkatan Tentera (Malaysian Armed Forces Day on 16 September), the tri-Service event promises to be bigger than the Malaysian Army Day parade held earlier this year in Port Dickson.
The parade is expected to march off from 8am on Saturday 21 September, with ATM battalions led by their own military bands. Thousands of troops will be trailed closely by a Mobile Column comprising a sizeable number of ATM war machines. The ground elements will be crowned by a low level flypast of Royal Malaysian Air Force warplanes and Royal Malaysian Navy helicopters.
Spectators will be treated to a static display of ATM equipment after the parade is over.
With a week to go before showtime, Malaysian defence enthusiasts are abuzz about new equipment that their country's armed forces may display for the first time.
An image of an Adnan infantry fighting vehicle in fresh warpaint has been circulating among Malaysian military enthusiasts on the MyMil website. This shows a vehicle painted in a four colour camouflage scheme that appears to be an upsized version of the new ATM Number 5 camouflage uniform. The colours used appear to be the same as those found on the current Harimau (Tiger stripe) pattern.
The new No. 5 is expected to make its debut next Saturday when the parade marches off at Merdeka Square in KL.
More information on the ATM 80th Anniversary Parade will be released from this weekend onwards after Malaysia's PAT chairs a press conference.
The newsflow is timed to build up awareness and anticipation of the Malaysian military's biggest show of force in years.
This blog will be in Kuala Lumpur next week to celebrate the occasion with the ATM fan club.
With grateful thanks to Kuala Lumpur-based defence journalist Dzirhan Mahadzir for keeping us in the picture and Malaysian military enthusiasts from the Mymil forum for images of the new camouflage patterns. Ta'at Setia!
Posted by David Boey at 10:53 AM