SHAH ALAM: Cope Taufan 16 – the biennial air combat exercise between the RMAF and USAF – will kick off on Monday at the Butterworth and Subang airbases. The announcement of the exercise from July 18 to 29 was made by the US Pacific Command in a press release yesterday.
Unlike the last Cope Taufan, where the F-22 Raptors took part alongside F15s, only F-16s and F-15s, both from units based in Japan will participate in this year’s exercise.
However this time around an E-3C AWACS aircraft will be involved in the exercise, which is the first I believed for Cope Taufan series.
RMAF as usual as has not said anything about the exercise. We can assume the Hawks and Hornets based in Butterworth will be involved in the exercise. As for the Fulcrums and Flankers we will have to wait and see.
For plane spotters, the best location to take pictures of the fighters will be at Butterworth while the AWACs and transports at Subang. Its likely though the C-17s will go to Butterworth as well to send equipment and personnel.
The release from PACOM:
“JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The U.S. Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Air Force will participate in exercise Cope Taufan 16, July 18-29, at Pangkalan Udara Butterworth and Pangkalan Udara Subang, Malaysia.
Cope Taufan 16 provides an excellent opportunity to improve combined readiness and inter-operability between the U.S. and Malaysia. This large force employment exercise will include operations in air superiority, airborne command and control, close air support, interdiction, air refueling and tactical airlift and air drop.
The U.S. is committed to strengthening partnerships with Malaysia and is honored to participate in this year’s event. The following U.S. Air Force units and aircraft are participating in Cope Taufan 16:
– 517th Airlift Squadron, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (C-17A)
– 535th Airlift Squadron, 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (C-17A)
– 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan (KC-135)
-13th Air Expeditionary Group, PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (CT16 Staff)
-13th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan (F-16CM/D)
– 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan (E-3C)
– 44th Fighter Squadron, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan (F-15 C/D)
The exercise allows for an exchange of techniques and procedures to enhance inter-operability and cooperation between U.S. and Royal Malaysian airmen. It also provides a quality training venue for U.S. and Malaysian aircrew and maintenance personnel.
Pacific Air Forces has conducted exercises with the Royal Malaysian Air Force since the early 1980s. By participating in exercises with military forces from partner nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. demonstrates its commitment to peace and stability in the region.
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