Indonesia Emerges as Overall Champion in The 31st ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) in Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand - Indonesia secured 4 trophies, 10 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals at The 31st ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) held in Bangkok (16-25/11). The ten gold medals were obtained from 3 individual competition golds, 4 team competition golds, and 3 golds in the team exhibition. The competition featured 200 shooters from 10 Southeast Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The contested branches included Rifle, Carbine, Automatic Rifle, Men's Pistol, and Women's Pistol.
In the individual competition, notable success was achieved in the Men's Pistol category, where Indonesia swept all three medals contested by the 40 shooters. Additionally, the Women's Pistol category also achieved impressive results with 1 gold and 1 silver. In the Rifle category, Indonesia added to its medal tally with 1 gold and 1 bronze.
With these results, Indonesia solidified its position as the Overall Champion, displacing Vietnam, the defending champion from the previous year. Meanwhile, Vietnam closely followed in the 2nd position with 1 trophy, 10 golds, 7 silvers, and 7 bronzes. Following Vietnam is the Philippines in 3rd place with 1 trophy, 10 golds, 6 silvers, and 7 bronzes. Subsequently, in consecutive order, are Myanmar, Laos, the host country Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Singapore. These results were achieved after all branches were completed on November 24, 2023.
AARM is an annual shooting competition among ASEAN Army forces. In the 31st AARM, Indonesia sent 45 participants, comprising its best Army soldiers, and 2 support staff from PT. Pindad. Prior to the competition, the Indonesian National Military Army soldiers underwent specially designed training programs tailored to the competition's requirements. To support the smooth running of the competition, the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok facilitated the team through assistance from the Defense Attaché and staff, as well as managing flight clearance and manifests to ensure the team, equipment, and members safely arrived in Bangkok and returned to Jakarta.
Overall, Indonesia has proven itself as the hegemon among ASEAN countries by becoming the Overall Champion 14 times in the 31 editions of AARM held since 1991. Indonesia's victory in the 31st AARM also makes history and dispels the myth that Indonesia never wins when AARM is held in Thailand. Previously, Indonesia had never won the Champion title in the four instances when Thailand hosted AARM in 1993, 2001, 2007, and 2015.
Pussenarmed Unmanned Aircraft (PTTA) Successfully Airs in the Skies of Batujajar for 147 km.
The technical team has carried out system tests and flight tests at the Pussenarmed Batujajar lapbak and continued with cruise tests and altitude tests in the Cidaun area, South Cianjur.
The results of this test showed that the PTTA's flying ability reached a height of more than 400 meters and a cruising range of more than 100 km. The data obtained in this test will later be used as a guideline for implementing the R&D certification test in FY 2024.
In this test, we got fantastic results with an increase in flight duration of up to 90 minutes and were able to achieve a flight height of 510 meters, a distance of 147 km, with a fuel consumption of 2 liters, and a battery consumption of 45%.
This shows an improvement from the previous test results. We hope that the results of Pussenarmed's R&D can provide useful output and outcomes as well as contributions to Pussenarmed and the Indonesian Army in the future.
The ITBM 600 is scheduled to arrive in February 2025 and February 2026. In 1 Yon there is a command vehicle which is in charge of 3 batteries, each battery consisting of 3 TEL (the last battery is only 2 TEL), 1 MRV, and 1 ARV.