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Ex Bersama Lima: RAF Typhoons Jets Arrive In Malaysia

The aircraft have flown in for the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise.

RAF Typhoon touches down in Penang, Malaysia (Picture: RAF).

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets have arrived in Malaysia to prepare for Exercise Bersama Lima.

Pilots and ground crew from the RAF Lossiemouth based II (Army Cooperation) Squadron, plus supporting personnel from across the RAF have deployed to the Malaysian Air Force base at Butterworth, Penang.

The aircraft have flown in for the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise, having stopped over in Sri Lanka.

It comes after they had been flown as part of Exercise Magic Carpet in the Middle East.

The Five Powers Defence Arrangements brings the militaries of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom together in a defensive arrangement in the region (Picture: RAF).

The Officer Commanding II(AC) Squadron said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to train together with our Commonwealth Allies in Asia.

"The RAF have conducted this exercise for many years now, and we look forward to celebrating 50 years of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement in the near future.

“During the exercise we will all be sharing knowledge and expertise in the tactical environment, continuing to develop our combined skills and procedures."

The move from Scotland has been facilitated by the support of Voyager aircraft that have conducted Air to Air Refuelling over the Indian Ocean and C-17s.

The Five Powers Defence Arrangements brings the militaries of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom together in a defensive arrangement in the region.