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10 Paratrooper Brigade - commonly known as 10 PARA - is an elite airborne brigade-sized unit within the Malaysian Army tasked with being rapidly deployed inside or outside the boundaries of Malaysia. 10 PARA is the key element of the Malaysian Pasukan Aturgerak Cepat (Rapid Deployment Force, PAC).

Beginning

10 PARA's primary role is to be the nation's main offensive force in time of war or emergencies. The creation of the Parachute Brigade was proposed by Malaysia's defence planners in the late 1970s as a part of the modernisation plan for the military. The plan originally did not receive much support from the government due to concerns that the formation of such a brigade would be looked with suspicion by its neighbour, Singaporemarker.

In November 1988 Malaysia was unable to respond to a request for assistance by Maldivesmarker when that country was invaded by Tamil mercenaries. This inability to render timely help prompted Malaysian leaders to move to form paratrooper units within the Malaysian Army.

Timeline



Roles

10 Paratrooper Brigade is highly skilled in accordance with its status as a Rapid Deployment Force. Paratroopers are vigorously trained for specialised combat operations and rapid deployment in alignment with the brigade’s motto -Tindak Pantas (Act Fast).

The elite 10 Paratrooper Brigade plays a key role in the preserving of peace within Malaysia, if not an understated one. The brigade is on par with foreign elite paratrooper brigades, and maintains a low profile for the integrity of the Malaysian Armed Forces as well for reasons of national security. Esprit-de-corp is the core of the brigade and stresses the fostering of close relationships between officers and personnel.

Maroon Beret Identities

The paratroopers get on the board of the USS Tortuga during the CARAT Malaysia 2006 with U.S forces.
The maroon beret worn by the 10 Paratrooper Brigade is known as Pegasus. Pegasus is a winged horse, in line with the traditions of Greek mythology. The greatness of this mythical creature has been used as a symbol by British Paratrooper forces during the selection test to British Army personnel before they are qualified to be accepted as Paratroopers, thereby eligible for the maroon beret. The conditions for wearing the maroon beret is to pass the basic parachute course and to successfully complete the adjustment course of the Maroon Beret, or Pegasus.

10th Para Insignia

Motto
The nickname of 10 Para is Tindak Pantas ( ).


March
The motto of 10 Para is Tiada Misi Terlalu Sukar, Tiada Pengorbanan Terlalu Besar, Tugas Diutamakan, meaning, No mission is too difficult, no sacrifice is too great, duty comes first.


Maroon berets
Symbolized the 10 Para identities and also was a symbol of the British Paratroopers during World War II.


Parachute wings
For 10 Para members, this parachute wings is titled Sayap Berdarah or meaning The Blood of Wings.


Training

10 Paratrooper Brigade commando forces with ATMP (All Terrain Mobility Platform during a parade.
Paratroopers provide covering while a U.S.
Marine reports his position during a joint amphibious landing exercise for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2009.
All the Paratrooper currently using the new standard assault rifles, Colt M4A1


Members of the brigade must have passed a series physical qualifying test (Latihan Semangat Waja) before to qualified for wearing the maroon berets and parachute wings.

Among others a series physical qualifying test included:

  1. Warfare warm-up
  2. Marshy jungle tracking march
  3. 12 kilometre march
  4. Raid executions
  5. 5 kilometre escape and evasions
  6. Abseiling
  7. Rappelling
  8. Nosedive rappelling
  9. 22 kilometre march
  10. Mounted Gunung Ledang
  11. Survival
  12. 33 kilometre navigations
  13. 65 kilometre suitable march
  14. 32 kilometre propelled the assault boat
  15. 7 kilometre running
  16. Village intersect
  17. Woodlog running
  18. 32 kilometre forced march
  19. Platoon and section combat march
  20. Armory dexterities


It was designed to mentally and physically test candidates for jump qualification.

Basic of specialist course including:
  1. Tactical Air Landing Operations (TALO)
  2. Parachute course
  3. Close Quarters Combat (CQC)
  4. HALO/HAHO
  5. Sniper course
  6. Demolition expert
  7. Marksmanship
  8. Sharpshooters etc.


After successfully to complete the course, wearing the Maroon Berets and The Blood of Wing rites for officers and mens will excellent by 10 Para Commanders.

Light firearms

Firearms
Pistols Shotgun Submachineguns Service Rifles Sniper Rifles Machineguns
Beretta M92F/S Remington 870 HK MP5SD2 Colt M4A1 Acc-Int. PM FN MAG
Browning HP Mk.3 HK MP5SD3 Colt M16A1 Model 653 Harris M-96 FN Minimi
Colt M1911A1 Colt M16A4 HK 11A1
Glock 26 Steyr AUG
HK P9S
HK USP9
Sig Sauer P226
Vektor SP1


Trivia

Other than Brigadier General Suhaimi, many the leaders successful trained by this brigade. They include the Commander of the Malaysian Army, General Dato' Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin and Deputy Commander of the Malaysian Army, Lieutenant General Dato' Masood Zainal Abidin and 1st Division Command, Lieutenant General Dato' Muhammad Effendi Mustaffa. 10 Paratrooper has the distinction as an elite forces of Malaysian Armed Forces as it is not only joinned by male officers, they were also joinned by female paratroopers.

Recent Operations

The unit has been deployed in the following operations:
Operation Country Year
Malaysian Medical Team (MASMEDTIM), Chaman
MASMEDTIM, Kashmir
MASMEDTIM, Acheh
Operations PADANAN SIPADAN ISLAND RESORT (Ops Pasir) 2006
Operation Astute 2006
MALCON-UNIFIL, Lebanon]] 2007 - Present
Genting Sempah Incident 2007


See also



Similar Parachute and Rapid Reaction Forces Outside Malaysia



References

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