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THE peace­ful hills of Puck­a­pun­yal turned into a war zone yes­ter­day as the army un­leashed its mil­i­tary might.

In a pow­er­ful live fire demon­stra­tion, soldiers on land and in the air per­formed an ex­plo­sive and dis­ci­plined com­bat team at­tack.

It fea­tured snipers, mis­sile launch­ers, bat­tle tanks and light ar­moured ve­hi­cles, with air sup­port from he­li­copters and RAAF jets.

The army’s com­man­der of forces, Ma­jor Gen­eral Gus McLachlan, said the an­nual event was the army’s largest fire­power demon­stra­tion.

“(It) pro­vides our soldiers with an op­por­tu­nity to train in and ex­pe­ri­ence a live fire set­ting, en­sur­ing our soldiers are al­ways pre­pared for com­bat op­er­a­tions,” he said.

The demon­stra­tion was watched by se­nior De­fence Force fig­ures, de­fence in­dus­try chiefs and fed­eral MPs.

Soldiers launch a mor­tar, an M113 APC (above), and an M1A1 Abrams tank (be­low). Pic­tures: MARK STE­WART

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