SHAH ALAM: The North Thunder exercise PR has published the pictures and a video of the Malaysian Armed Forces contingent in Saudi Arabia. The footage covered the arrival of the contingent and not those of the exercise itself. The pictures and video were published on the @diraalwatan Twitter page.
This was the first pictures of the Malaysian contingent taking part in the exercise. At least 20 countries from Arab and Islamic countries are scheduled to participate in the North Thunder war games in the northern region of the kingdom, Saudi reports said on Monday.
The participating countries are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Senegal, Sudan, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius.
Video coverage of the #Malaysian forces arrival to participate in #North_Thunder exercise#Malaysia pic.twitter.com/ruvVBgUazh
— درع الوطن (@diraalwatan) February 18, 2016
From the video it appears that the Malaysian contingent consists of the PAC and GGK personnel from the Army together with a RMAF Paskau unit for aircraft security plus MAF headquarters officers and other ranks.
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Wow the desert camo looks amazing.
Most likely from Jakel.
In the exercise logo, the aircraft is a MiG-29 and the ship looks like an Alvand “frigate.” Just like what Iran uses.
Why were they not flown in by the A400, isn’t that much comfortable and faster then Charlie?
The Hercules they flown in may well replaced the two Hercules deployed to Saudi since the intervention in Yemen started last year.
And what did the two Hercules did there?
They were sent there originally to evacuate Malaysians out of Yemen. Then they decide to maintain the two aircraft there just in case any more Malaysians need to be evacuated which led to some people to believe that Malaysia is part of the operations in Yemen.