Indonesian Army Won Big in Australian Army Shooting Competition

11, Jun 2015 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

Indonesian Army Won Big in Australian Army Shooting Competition

Indonesian Army contingent thrashed competitors in a shooting competition between army personnel held in Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia, on May 20 to 23, 2015.

In the contest dubbed Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM), the Indonesian marksmen won 30 gold medals out of total 50 gold medals, in addition to 16 silver and 10 bronze medals.

Australia takes the runner-up with 4 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. US Marine Corps manages to grab third place with 4 gold medals, 1 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

This is the eighth year in a row that Indonesia is crowned overall champion of AASAM. This year, the contest is attended by 17 teams from 14 countries, including the host Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

Using weapons manufactured by Indonesian state-owned company Pindad, the Indonesian contingent’s 14 sharpshooters from Special Forces Command (Kopassus) and Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) were accompanied by five coaches and two technicians from the company.

For the competition, the Indonesian contingent used assault rifle SS2 V-4 Heavy Barrel, handgun G-2, machine gun SM-2 and machine gun SM-3; all manufactured by Pindad that also supplied the ammunitions.

Such a huge gap in medals tally may have driven the AASAM committee’s request to dismantle and inspect the Indonesian contingent’s weapons. Indonesian Army spokesman, Brigadier General Wuryanto complained that such request is not in the rules and no other competitors were asked to present their weapons for inspection. Brigadier General Wuryanto further said that the Indonesian Army has frequently participated and won in similar contests held in various countries, using Pindad products that have become the Army’s standard service weapon since 1991.

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