The two services are expecting to deepen their interoperability during the upcoming air-to-air fighter interaction exercise.
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Dubbed “Exercise Elangaroo”, the exercise includes Australian F-35A capabilities as well as C-27J Spartan aircraft.
It is hoped that the exercise would enhance force integration and readiness between the two countries.
“Australia and Malaysia have a long-standing relationship and a history of conducting military exercises together,” Group Captain Ravinder Singh, RAAF co-exercise director said.
“Exercise Elangaroo features the return of RAAF’s 75 Squadron to its old home in Butterworth, where it spent 16 years living and working alongside RMAF counterparts from 1967 to 1983.
“This particular exercise will feature a range of modern air combat platforms integrating across the diverse and challenging geography and weather patterns of the Malay peninsula.
“Crews will use RMAF and RAAF tactical assets, including the application of strike and air control missions, to continue the great mutual understanding that exists between our nations.”
According to Defence, it is expected that such exercises will support Australia’s strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific.
“Elangaroo will further advance our capability to project air power at short notice,” GPCAPT Singh said.
“The employment of a potent, integrated force requires careful planning and training to ensure that if called upon, our efforts are safe, efficient and effective.”