Najib makes history with order to launch artillery at distant training site [NSTTV]

Hidir Reduan and Che Wan Badrul Alias

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak made history today when he issued an order for military artillery at a training site 190km away to launch a strike.

The Prime Minister was testing the Malaysian Army's command and control centre at the 16th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference 2018, at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) here today.

Brigadier-General Ahmad Abu Bakar, who was present during the demonstration, said that Najib was shown the inner workings of the centre, which can direct operations as far as 190km.

The commander of the artillery division of the Infantry Third Division said that the firing simulation was done in dynamic real time and can be viewed by the commander inside the command and control room.

"This is the command and control operation room of three divisions. So the PM came by just now to witness the capability of the operations room to conduct command and control (of activities) outside this area," he said.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak made history today when he issued an order for an artillery in a training site 190km away to launch a strike. Pic by NSTP/OSMAN ADNAN

Ahmad said that as part of the demonstration, Najib had issued an order to launch the artillery strike.

However, Ahmad did not say at which location the artillery was located.

He said Najib communicated directly with the operations officer on site and he (Najib) himself called the artillery strike.

"So on site, the artillery received the order and fired at a designated target. It is the first time in history that a PM had called artillery strike on a target," said Ahmad.

Najib spent an hour being given a tour of the exhibition before he left at 4.30pm.

The four-day exhibition – which ends on Thursday – is one of the top five defence shows in the world that saw the participation of 1,500 companies from 60 nations.

It is a platform for the display of sophisticated hardware and electronic warfare in land, sea and air defence, training and simulation systems, and police and security peripherals, among others. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd