New weapons tests in Cambodia


Pravda Report


Published on Apr 5, 2013

Cambodia has conducted live fire artillery exercises with new military equipment in Kompong Speu province, about 50 kilometres west of the capital Phnom Penh. General Tea Banh said that the tests, which included the firing of missiles, were successful.

The Royal Cambodian Army is a part of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. It has ground forces which numbered about 75,000 divided into eleven divisions of infantry, with integrated armour and artillery support. The Royal Army is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of National Defence.

Under the current military plan and divisions, every military region (one per region)has a full strength of 3,500 soldiers. Each division will be supplemented by a mobile reinforcement division in Phnom Penh. The country is divided into six, until recently five, military regions, each comprising three or four provinces. There are garrisons in major cities and major army bases.
General Meas Sophea is the commander of the Royal Cambodian Army. He is also the Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
The forces are deployed as required across the country and in operations, with bases as follows:
Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Headquarters, Phnom Penh
First Military Region HQ, Stung Treng
Second Military Region HQ, Kompong Cham
Third Military Region HQ, Kampong Speu
Fourth Military Region HQ, Siem Reap
Fifth Military Region HQ, Battambang
Sixth (Special) Military Region HQs, Phnom Penh/Pailin/Kompong Thom
Seventh Military Region HQs, Preah Vihear
Every Military Region is under the command of a Major General, assisted by a Chief of staff with a rank of a Brigadier General. In every province, there is a military base called Military Operation Zone under the command of a Colonel.
In 2009, several three-star Generals, including General Hing Bun Hieng, were promoted to four-star Generals, along with the promotion of provincial commanders of Gendarmerie,military and police commissioner to Brigadier Generals. It has been noted that such promotion was an honor bestowed by the government for their effort in the Cambodian-Thai military standoff.

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