UK RAF to deploy aircraft and personnel to Asia-Pacific region

2 October 2016 (Last Updated October 2nd, 2016 18:30)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has geared up to deploy aircraft and personnel for an international exercise programme across the Asia-Pacific region.

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has geared up to deploy aircraft and personnel for an international exercise programme across the Asia-Pacific region.

RAF Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said that the deployment includes sending Typhoon fighter aircraft and RAF aerobatic team the Red Arrows.

The aircraft and personnel will take part in a series of public displays and training events with international defence partners.

RAF's Typhoon aircraft will be sent to Malaysia and Singapore to participate in an Eastern Venture exercise, as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangement signed between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Aircraft and crews will also participate in a series of exercises in Japan and the Republic of Korea before returning to the UK in November, Hillier said.

"This reinforces the message that the UK is a globally engaged player with global power, reinforcing our relationship with partners, and also promoting UK prosperity."

The Red Arrows will visit many countries to participate in a series of displays and flypasts, including key events in India, China and the UAE.

Hillier said: “This exercise is tremendously important and it demonstrates that even though the Royal Air Force is committed to operations in the Middle East and elsewhere, we still have the capability to deploy effectively to the other side of the world with both Typhoons, supporting Voyagers and air transport, and the Red Arrows as well.

"This reinforces the message that the UK is a globally engaged player with global power, reinforcing our relationship with partners, and also promoting UK prosperity.”

The deployment will be supported by Voyager air-to-air refuelling, C-17 Globemaster and C-130J Hercules transport aircraft.


Image: The UK RAF to deploy aircraft and personnel to the Asia-Pacific region. Photo: © MOD Crown Copyright.