Malaysian exercise resounding success for RAF Typhoon squadron

Pilots and ground crew from Num­ber 6 Squadron have gained price­less expe­ri­ence in oper­at­ing the Tranche 2 Typhoon air­craft in unfa­mil­iar con­di­tions dur­ing Exer­cise Bersama Lima in Malaysia.

6 Squadron Eurofight­er Typhoons on Exer­cise Bersama Lima in Malaysia [Pic­ture: Geof­frey Lee, Plane­fo­cus Lim­it­ed 2011]
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
Click to enlarge

This was the first over­seas deploy­ment of Tranche 2 Typhoon air­craft and the first deploy­ment of 6 Squadron since it reformed at RAF Leuchars in Sep­tem­ber 2010. 

Dur­ing the exer­cise, four 6 Squadron Typhoons, rep­re­sent­ing the Roy­al Air Force, flew mock com­bat sor­ties along­side Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF) F/A‑18s, Roy­al Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) MiG-29s and F/A‑18s, and Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Air Force F‑15SGs and F‑16s.

6 Squadron suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed more than 70 sor­ties dur­ing the detach­ment, amount­ing to 164 fly­ing hours. More­over, the squadron deliv­ered 100 per cent of the sor­ties it planned dur­ing the exer­cise itself. 

Severe thun­der­storms and the effect of the extreme­ly long dis­tance on the sup­ply chain pro­vid­ed engi­neer­ing chal­lenges, but the over­all assess­ment is one of resound­ing suc­cess for the squadron. 

Offi­cer Com­mand­ing 6 Squadron, Wing Com­man­der Rod­dy Den­nis, said: 

“From my per­spec­tive as a Squadron Com­man­der, Exer­cise Bersama Lima pro­vid­ed an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to prove Tranche 2 Typhoon’s expe­di­tionary capa­bil­i­ties and its abil­i­ty to not only oper­ate in trop­i­cal weath­er con­di­tions and high humid­i­ty, which it did with­out impact, but also to con­duct air oper­a­tions with nations that we do not rou­tine­ly train with. 

“In addi­tion, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ‘fight’ against the RMAF MiG-29 Ful­crum was first class and saw Typhoon very well-placed, allow­ing the 6 Squadron pilots to take great con­fi­dence in the per­for­mance of Typhoon and it’s weapon system. 

6 Squadron Eurofight­er Typhoons fly­ing along­side air­craft refu­elling from a 101 Squadron VC10 dur­ing Exer­cise Bersama Lima in Malaysia [Pic­ture: Geof­frey Lee, Plane­fo­cus Lim­it­ed 2011]
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
Click to enlarge

“It was also extreme­ly use­ful to oper­ate close­ly with the deployed RAAF F/A‑18s from 75 Squadron who use sim­i­lar oper­at­ing pro­ce­dures and tactics.” 

Exer­cise Bersama Lima marked the 40th anniver­sary of the Five Pow­er Defence Arrange­ments (FPDA) between the UK, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia and New Zealand. 

Estab­lished in 1971, the FPDA is a com­mit­ment under­tak­en by the five nations to con­sult in the event of an attack on Sin­ga­pore or Malaysia. It is the only mul­ti­lat­er­al defence agree­ment in South East Asia with an oper­a­tional element. 

The joint exer­cise saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of around 4,000 troops, 68 air­craft, 18 ships, two sub­marines and var­i­ous sup­port ele­ments from the FPDA mem­ber nations. 

The four RAF Typhoon air­craft from 6 Squadron flew to the Roy­al Malaysian Air Force base in But­ter­worth, Malaysia, from their base at RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scot­land, to take part in Exer­cise Bersama Lima. 

The 7,000-mile (11,265km) trip took the pilots four days with stops in Jor­dan, Oman and Sri Lan­ka, sup­port­ed through­out by engi­neers and ground crews as well as a VC10 air­craft of 101 Squadron based at RAF Brize Nor­ton. See Relat­ed News to read more on this. 

Press release
Min­istry of Defence, UK 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →