U.S. Army science advisors engage in technology discussions in Malaysia

A Soldier assigned to Commanche Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, shows a member of the 9th Royal Ranger Regiment, Malaysian Armed Forces, how to properly adjust a M240L machine gun while it is mounted on a tripod during the academics week of Keris Strike 2015. (U.S. Army photo)

By Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 30, 2015) — U.S. Army science advisors traveled to Exercise Keris Strike 15 in Malaysia to discuss technological and equipment issues with Soldiers.

Lt. Col. David Scooler, director of the U.S. Army International Technology Center in Singapore, said 25th Infantry Division Soldiers shared their challenges operating in a jungle environment.

“We went out there looking for problems that Soldiers are encountering and capturing those. Many of the Soldiers were concerned about the current boots versus the old jungle boots from Vietnam,” he said. “The current treads on boots have poor gripping capability in the muddy jungle. It has a soft heel instead of a rugged heel where they could dig in when climbing up wet terrain.

“There is ongoing research to develop a better combat boot.”

Members of the Malaysian 9th Royal Ranger Regiment ask questions to U.S. Soldiers about the M240L Machine Gun after a rate of fire demonstration during the academic week of Exercise Keris Strike Sept. 15, 2015. (U.S. Army photo)

Keris Strike is an annual, bilateral exercise hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces. This year marks the 19th iteration. Continue reading