Infantry soldiers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have completed army training evaluation centre (ATEC) testing during Exercise Wallaby 2012, currently underway in Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), Queensland, Australia.
A total of 700 troops from 5th Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment (5 SIR) took part in the four day ATEC, which marked the motorised infantry battalions debut at Exercise Wallaby’s 22nd event, an annual drill featuring the SAF’s networked air-land capabilities.
During the exercise, soldiers used their new Terrex infantry carrier vehicle (ICV) to evaluate its mobility and system reliability, and also practised dismounted attacks, helicopter insertion and combat operations in a built-up area.
Exercise frame 1 commander and 3rd Singapore Infantry Brigade commander colonel Seet Uei Lim said ATEC would enhance the unit’s overall operational readiness by validating troops’ combat proficiency at individual and battalion levels.
"The vast training space allows the Terrex ICVs to manoeuvre long distances and conduct live-firing at the battalion level with various land and air platforms," Lim added. "This is something we’re unable to do back home due to space limitation."
The battalion was scheduled to conclude training with an integrated live-firing drill, during which the Terrex ICV will be operated alongside other ground and air assets for the first time, such as Leopard 2SG main battle tanks (MBTs), Skyblade III mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.
Running from 22 September to 24 November, Exercise Wallaby is one of the biggest unilateral battalion training drills featuring more than 4,300 SAF personnel and 350 platforms.
Image: Singapore Armed Forces’ 5 SIR Terrex ICV during army training evaluation centre testing in Australia. Photo: © 2012 Government of Singapore.