Jun 9, 2014

F-22s land in Malaysia for first Southeast Asian exercise

Six US Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor air-superiority fighters arrived in Malaysia at RMAF Butterworth airbase on 6 June to take part in the bilateral Exercise 'Cope Taufan 2014'.
The participation of the F-22 in its first exercise in a Southeast Asian country follows discussions in 2013. The United States is keen to engage with Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKMs, which in the past carried out air combat exercises with US Navy carrier-based fighters whenever a carrier transited through Malaysian waters.
The six F-22s are a composite detachment from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and arrived from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. They will be joined by Boeing F-15Cs.
Both types will engage in air-to-air combat exercises with the RMAF's Su-30MKMs,MiG-29s,F/A-18Ds and Hawks.
'Cope Taufan 2014' will also include a number of logistics exercises involving USAF transport C-130s and C-17.

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