RMAF Back Hosting Exercises Again

One of the IAF Su-30MKI Flanker taking part in Exercise UdaraShakti 2022. RMAF

SHAH ALAM: Due to the pandemic, RMAF and the rest of the Malaysian Armed Forces have had to defer or outright cancelled various exercises involving foreign partners and local ones. But with the relaxation of travel restrictions due to the increasing lower infections, exercises carried out locally has returned with a vengeance.

RMAF is currently hosting two exercises with its partners; the first one is with the Indian Air Force, the Udara Shakti 2022 which started yesterday at the Kuantan airbase. The exercise involved RMAF own No. 12 Squadron with its Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flankers with a contingent of IAF Su-30MKIs. The exercise is a culmination of the contact both squadrons had back in 2018.

The IAF Su-30MKI Flankers shortly after their arrival at Kuantan Airbase on August 12. RMAF

RMAF confirmed the exercise in a press statement today, advising the public not to be alarmed over low level flights of the Malaysian and Indian Flankers around Kuantan. The exercise which starts on August 12 ends on the 17th. The IAF contingent include at least one Boeing C-17 Globemaster and four Su-30MKIs. It is unclear whether the same contingent will then fly to Australia for the upcoming Exercise Pitch Black 2022. No 12 Squadron was originally scheduled to take part in Pitch Black but it was cancelled for unknown reasons.
IAF C-17 Globemaster at Kuantan airbase for Udarashakti 2022 exercise. RMAF

RMAF is also hosting another exercise, this time a multi-lateral one – Exercise Pacific Angel Siri 2-22 which is organised by the US Pacific Air Force (PACAF). Apart from the PACAF and RMAF, the exercise will also involve Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU); RAAF, Mongolian Air Force and Philippines Air Force.
Personnel from PACAF and RMAF posed photograph after the arrival of the US contingent at Subang airbase on August 13. RMAF

SUBANG, 12 Ogos 2022 – Ketibaan peserta Eksesais Pacific Angel Siri 22-2 (PA 22-2) dari US Pacific Air Force (PACAF) menandakan para peserta telah bersedia untuk melaksanakan eksesais yang bermula pada 13 hingga 19 Ogos 2022.
Eksesais yang turut melibatkan Tentera Udara Diraja Australia, Tentera Udara Filipina, Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara dan Tentera Udara Mongolia diadakan di Pangkalan Udara Subang, Pangkalan Udara Kuantan dan Pangkalan Udara Jugra. Terdahulu ketibaan delegasi PACAF tersebut telah disambut oleh Sekretariat Eksesais serta Pegawai-pegawai dari Pangkalan Udara Subang.

KD Lekir fired an Exocet missile at the Sinkex portion of RIMPAC in July, 2022. RMN via US Navy.

Apart from RMAF, RMN has also taken part in the RIMPAC exercise off Hawaii while the Army has hosted soldiers from the US Pacific Army, recently. A contingent of soldiers from 19th RMR and supporting units also flew to Australia recently to take part in a bilateral exercise with the Australian Army. The 10th Para Brigade also hosted an exercise with the Indonesian counterparts early this month

— Malaysian Defence

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