I remembered someone here asked about the name for the PT-91M in service with MA. Well, they just had it yesterday, its called "Pendekar". My BM does not allow me to translate it precisely in English, sorry about that.
Army Media Day 2008
Posted April 6th, 2008 by Marhalim Abas
KUALA LUMPUR: I just got back from Gemas for a two-day visit to Kem Sirajuddin for the Army media day 2008. The event was supposed to be held in late February but delayed due to the elections.
Anyhow, this was the biggest bash for the media by the armed forces not only terms of numbers but the breadth of weapon Blhandling experience. For the first time, the Malaysian media personnel and some others, were given the chance to fire not only the Steyr and M16. but also the GPMG,Minimi, Browning Ma Deuce. the AGL, the 203, LAW90.RPG amd gasp! the Carl Gustaf. No M4s though as they only got a small batch only and its still undergoing testing prior to issuance to front-line units.
Every one had a nice time shooting these weapons and almost the same people lined up behind two Adnans to fire the 25mm Bushmaster and the Browning. Not to be outdone, two G-Wagens were brought in to the firing line which allowed most of us to have another around pn the Browning and the AGL.
Before the shooting line was opened, a PT91M duly took the honours to fire at targets across the valley while another three fire their Brownings across the same area while two fired their smoke and gremades. They were followed by two Sibmas which duly fired several rounds from their 90mm cannons while the Adnans also showed up firing their cannons, machine guns and grenade launchers.
Was it fun? Of course, its not every day in Malaysia you got the chance to fire the RPG-7! As for me, I did not manage to get my hands on the Carl Gustaf as the rounds were limited but I fired everything else. The only bad thing about the whole experience were the fact that most of arms were meant for people who uses their right eye to aim. I am a left eye dominant when it comes to shooting so to compensate I fired most of the weapons basically without aiming. The only time I did use my left eye to aim, on the Minimi, I got hit by the spent rounds which blistered my right wrist.
Of course, enjoy the video above of the PT91M now officially called the Pendekar. All of the tanks will be in country by year end and expected to be fully operational by Army Day next year. Perhaps by that time, they will calm down enough to allow Malaysian Defence to fire pull the trigger on the Sagem FCS…
I have edit this post to add the Sibmas and Adnans video also. We did not get the chance to fire the guns on the Sibmas but the Bushmaster trigger was a tad uncomfortable for me. Perhaps it was done deliberately so the gunner wont ride the trigger too long but it sure it make it harder to get a good grip on the target especially when the other side is also firing back. Thats my opinion anyway but the Ma Deuce reputation to me is highly deserving I believe.