Joint exercise with Canada is vital training to fight terror threats, says Army No 2

MELAKA: The Armed Forces hopes cooperation with the Canadian Army under Exercise Mantis will continue, with the aim of increasing alertness and competency levels in fighting terrorism.

Deputy Army chief Lt-Gen Datuk Seri Muhammad Ab Rahman said the bilateral exercise began in 2015 and had been an effective platform to test and train soldiers in handling terrorist situations.

He said the exercise also exposed troops to the handling of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) threats.

"CBRNe is also a threat that the nation should be prepared for," he said at the closing of Exercise Mantis Series 9/2023 at the Terendak Army Camp here on Monday (March 20).

The event was also witnessed by Canada's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Wayne Robson.

Lt-Gen Muhammad said the annual exercise was also seen as the right training opportunity for our soldiers to respond to and foil any CBRNe threat.

"This needs specialised training and technological solutions," he added.

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