Singapore Army concludes bilateral live-firing exercise with German Armed Forces

Servicemen from the SAF and the Bundeswehr in a discussion during Exercise Panzer Strike.
Servicemen from the SAF and the Bundeswehr in a discussion during Exercise Panzer Strike. PHOTO: MINDEF
The Singapore Armed Forces' Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tank (MBT) (background) and the Bundeswehr's Leopard 2A6 MBT (foreground) participating in bilateral training as part of Exercise Panzer Strike.
The Singapore Armed Forces' Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tank (MBT) (background) and the Bundeswehr's Leopard 2A6 MBT (foreground) participating in bilateral training as part of Exercise Panzer Strike.PHOTO: MINDEF
Chief of Army, MG Melvyn Ong (far right), interacting with SAF troops participating in Exercise Panzer Strike.
Chief of Army, MG Melvyn Ong (far right), interacting with SAF troops participating in Exercise Panzer Strike.PHOTO: MINDEF

The Singapore Army concluded a bilateral live-firing exercise with the German Armed Forces or Bundeswehr on Wednesday evening (April 5).

The exercise involved soldiers from the 1st Company, 48th Battalion Singapore Armoured Regiment (48 SAR) and their German Army counterparts from the Gebirgspanzerbataillon - a Germain Main Battle Tank Battalion.

The exercise, held at the Oberlausitz Military Training Area, was the ninth in a series and the first of two training windows held this year, the Ministry of Defence said in a press release on Thursday (April 6).

The two training windows are held in Spring - March 14 to May 3 - and Autumn - Sept 12 to Nov 3.

More than 1,300 servicemen and trainees from 48 SAR and the Armour Training Institute are involved in this year's exercises, with 14 Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tanks and 12 Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicles deployed.

The live-firing exercise was part of Exercise Panzer Strike, which has been held since 2009 between Singapore and Germany.

The training space at the Oberlausitz Military Training Area, which is a quarter of the size of Singapore, has allowed the Singapore Army to "train more efficiently by enabling concurrent live-firing of up to four ranges for armoured units", Mindef said.

Training in Germany has also strengthened the professionalism and capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces Armour Formation and reinforced personal ties between the Singapore Army and their German counterparts, Mindef said.

Singapore has held defence interactions with Germany since September 2005, when both sides signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement.

Both countries have regular interactions such as military exchanges, policy dialogues and technology collaboration.