Malaysia, Indian Air Forces in Air Exercise Shakti

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Indian Air Force  are currently carrying out a six-day inaugural joint exercise, Exercise Udara Shakti 2022 in Malaysia’s state of Kuantan airspace and the surrounding area.

The series of drills will be based on the concept of field training exercise, and subject matter exchange, with the objective of strengthening the military-to-military relationship, and interoperability between the two services.

The RMAF, in a statement today, said the RMAF and IAF aircraft will perform tactical flights by flying low in certain areas that had been gazetted for the purpose.

The Indian Air Force deploys the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI,  Boeing C-17 aircraft, and Ilyushin IL-78 air-to-air refueller aircraft, while the RMAF will be flying the Su-30 MKM aircraft to the exercise.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Indian Ministry of Defence said: “The 4-day-long exercise will give an opportunity to IAF contingent members to share and learn best practices with some of the best professionals from RMAF and also discuss mutual combat capabilities. The exercise will give an opportunity to IAF contingent members to share and learn best practices with some of the best professionals from RMAF, while also discussing mutual combat capabilities”.

The four days of exercise will witness conduct of various aerial combat drills between the two  air forces.

Exercise Udara Shakti 2022 will be carried out form Aug 12-17, 2022. –shp/adj/aaa (Image IAF)