Indonesian Army Beats US, Australia in Shooting Contest

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Representatives of Indonesian army succeeded in winning a shooting competition between army personnels held in Puckapunyal, Australia, on May 20 to 23.  In a contest dubbed Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM), representatives from Indonesia managed to defeat the Australia (as the host), U.S. and Great Britain.

    In the final standings, the Indonesian contigent successfully secured 30 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 10 bronze medals.  The Australian army takes the runner-up with 4 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.  Meanwhile, U.S. representatives grabs third place with 4 gold medals, 1 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

    Indonesian army deployed 14 of its best soldiers from Special Forces Command (Kopassus) and Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad).  Five staffs and two experts from PT Pindad also participated in the contest.

    According to Head of Army Information Brigadier General Wuryanto, Indonesian army has frequently participated in similar contests held in various countries.  The contest in Australia was recorded as the Indonesian army’s eighth shooting contest win in the Asia Pacific, thanks to their extreme hard work.

    “We used weapons manufactured by PT Pindad,” said the one-star general.

    At least four types of weapon produced by Pindad were used by the army team such as the SS-2 V-4 assault weapon, G-2 pistol, SM2 and SM3 machine gun along with the ammunitions.

    Those weapons were used by the army in the recent years.  Pindad products has become the army’s primary weapon.