Cambodia on December 30 conducted a live fire exercise to build capacity for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, said an army chief.

The drill was held at the military training field in Kampong Speu province, about 70 km west of capital Phnom Penh , with the participation of about 1,900 soldiers.

Gen. Pol Saroeun, commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying that BM-21 rocket launchers were fired during the exercise.

He told reporters at the event that the purpose of the exercise is to strengthen the capacity for the Cambodian armed forces and the drill is also to test new weapons.

About 145 shells had been fired and all had hit the target in the distance between 20 km and 40 km, he said.

It was the third time that the country held live fire drill with BM21 rockets. The first one was made in March 2010 and the second was in April this year.-VNA