Pangdam: Scorpion Tank Keep RI-Malaysia border
Balikpapan (ANTARA Kaltim) - Pangdam VI / Mulawarman Mayjen TNI Usman said Dicky Wainal Scorpion tanks will keep RI-Malaysia border areas along the 1,600 km in the territory of North Borneo and Kalimantan Barat.Perbatasan over 1,600 miles would be controlled Scorpion tanks.
"Tank Leopard still stationed in Java," said Pangdam VI / Mulawarman Mayjen TNI Wainal Usman Dicky in Balikpapan on Monday.
Tank Leopard 2A6 is the major tool new purchase new weapons systems the military, the main battle tank (main battle tank or MBT) with a weight up to 62 tons.
A total of 100 Leopard 2a2 purchased directly from pabriknya in Germany a total price of 280 million U.S. dollars.
Initially, the government planned to place in Bulungan Leopard, North Kalimantan and West Kalimantan, respectively a cavalry battalion with 44 tanks.
"Instead, we put 2 Kompi Scorpion," said the Chief. Scorpion is reinforced with an AMX 13 tank Kompi.
According to Chief Dicky Wainal Usman, Scorpion tanks suitable for keeping the border because they can maneuver quickly. Compared with Leopard, Scorpion light tanks and AMX is the weight only 25 tons.
"We do the same in other West Kutai in Bulungan, North Borneo," he said.
Scorpion tanks will be arriving in the middle of the year. TNI AD which had 50 units are preparing shipment from Java.
Scorpion Tank is a light tank made English. The body is not steel, but from aluminum alloy, the material widely used for safety equipment like Carabiners and adventure.
With a thickness of 12.7 mm bodi, Scorpion prepared to block bullets fired from 7.62 mm distance of 12 meters, or 105 caliber bullet that missed from 30 meters. Bodi also resistant fraction ledak competitive high explosives (high Explosive) to protect personnel carried thereby.
3 Tommy crew enough. At TNI-AD tank, main armament is a 90 mm Cockerill cannon Belgians made more potent than the original cannon, 76 mm L23A1. Scorpion also held Coaxial 7.62 mm machine guns, and antitank missiles can also be added.
With a maximum speed of 80 km per hour, Scorpion in Bulungan can achieve Simenggaris the border of Sabah, Malaysia, less than 4 hours of non-stop when speeding.
TNI also houses the missile launcher Astros II MLRS (multiple rocket launching system) in Berau to reassure the West Kutai and Nunukan west to the east.
"That also is Meng-cover border," said the Chief.
Thus, the military's chief defense equipment explain diperbatasan able to balance the combat strength of neighboring countries, coupled with the addition of a number panser Anoa in Samarinda which will facilitate mobiliasasi team personnel.
Furthermore, in anticipation of invasion land territory bands, including the smuggling of illegal goods such as drugs, Kodam Mulawarman VI peacekeeping add 12 new border posts.
"So we have 29 border monitoring. Years 2012 plus two, in 2013 added 6 to 12 is. Position close monitoring we do principally in the area blank spot, from Long Float to the west until Datah Wire," the Chief. (*)
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