UK RAF deploys eight Typhoon aircraft for Exercise Bersama Lima in Malaysia

5 October 2016 (Last Updated October 5th, 2016 18:30)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has deployed eight Typhoon aircraft for a tactical command post and field training exercise, codenamed Bersama Lima, in Malaysia.

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has deployed eight Typhoon aircraft for a tactical command post and field training exercise, codenamed Bersama Lima, in Malaysia.

The exercise is being held from 4 to 21 October and will see participation from the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

The Typhoon aircraft were flown from RAF Lossiemouth and have landed at Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Butterworth.

These aircraft were supported by RAF Voyager Tanker aircraft that provided air to air refuelling during the flight.

RAF Lossiemouth 1(Fighter) Squadron commanding officer wing commander Mike Sutton 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.”

"This exercise provides us with a fantastic opportunity to train and improve our integration and effectiveness with all the participating countries."

The exercise, a part of Eastern Venture, allow the five countries to improve integration and interoperability.

After Bersama Lima, the RAF Typhoons will be deployed for exercises in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The RAF Typhoon is a multi-role combat aircraft that can be deployed in the full spectrum of air operations ranging from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.


Image: The Typhoon aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Sergeant Neil Bryden.