Help from aboveA successful aerial resupply run can play a crucial role in making sure that soldiers live to fight another day. See how the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) exercised this capability at this year’s Exercise Wallaby.
// Story Benita Teo / Photos Chai Sian Liang
// From Rockhamption, Australia
What happens when troops are in the middle of a battle and ammunition runs low? How will they get fresh supplies if they are in an inaccessible location? This is where aerial resupply is critical in getting important items to troops when land transportation is not an option.
Items that can be air dropped include ammunition, medical supplies, rations and water, and even vehicles and equipment. At Exercise Wallaby (XWB) 2019, the aerial cargo riggers of 3rd SAF Transport Battalion (3 TPT) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF's) C-130 Hercules transport aircraft crew work together to put their skills to the test.
Here's how it all (literally) went down: