SHAH ALAM: Six RAF Typhoons have landed at Butterworth airbase yesterday ahead of the Exercise Bersama Lima 2016, which starts tomorrow. Bersama Lima 16 is the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangement (FPDA) Exercise, which involves the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
The Exercise provides an opportunity for the five countries to improve integration and interoperability, whilst showing their collective commitment to the FPDA. Apart from the RAF, the New Zealand Defence Force contingent will also be based at Butterworth for the exercise.
NZDF is sending a P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft for the exercise which is being organised by Singapore this year.
The RAF release.
Royal Air Force Typhoon Aircraft flown by 1(Fighter) Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth have landed at Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Butterworth in Malaysia for Exercise Bersama Lima 16, the first leg of Eastern Venture.
The Typhoon aircraft arrived as two trails (4 in each), both support by RAF Voyager Tanker aircraft which provided air to air refuelling for the Typhoons. Multiple re-fuelling brackets were conducted, with the Voyager and Typhoons linking up at 300 mph.
Wing Commander Mike Sutton, Commanding Officer 1(Fighter) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, said:
“ We are really looking forward to Exercise Bersama Lima and we are really grateful to Malaysia for hosting this exercise. Every day we will be conducting large training missions with all of the air forces. This exercise provides us with a fantastic opportunity to train and improve our integration and effectiveness with all the participating countries”.
The Exercise runs from 4-21 October 2016 and is the first part of Eastern Venture. After Bersama Lima, the RAF Typhoons will then deploy for exercises in Japan and The Republic of Korea.
The RAF Typhoon is a battle-proven, multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.
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