RAF in Malaysia and Singapore


RAF Typhoon fighters flying over Malaysia as seen by the RAF Voyager tanker during Exercise Bersama Lima 2019. Cpl Rob Bourne RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019

On Friday 11 October, RAF Typhoons made a flypast over the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and the iconic Petronas Towers. The Typhoons, from the RAF Lossiemouth based II (Army Cooperation) Squadron, are currently deployed to the Royal Malaysian Air Force base at Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia as part of Exercise Bersama Lima, the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangement (FPDA) exercise. Three RMAF Hawks led the way. The formation of four Typhoons was led by Sqn Ldr Roger Cruickshank. During the 17-day exercise the Typhoons flew a series of training sorties practicing a full range of air roles that tested the aircraft’s capability and its interoperability with partner nations.

Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft from II (AC) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, fly past the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. SAC Ed Wright RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019

A Royal Malaysian Air Force BAE Systems Hawk returns to RMAF Butterworth after a flypast of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. SAC Ed Wright RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019

Also taking part in the exercise is a Voyager tanker, operating for the first time from Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore.

Sqn Ldr Nathan Giles, the Voyager detachment commander said: “This Voyager deployment is an important step for the force as it demonstrates our ability to operate at considerable range from our home base of Brize Norton and thereby enable the global projection of RAF airpower.”

He added: “The training value of Exercise Bersama Lima for the detachment is also important as we overcome the challenges of operating in the difficult weather conditions of Singapore and Malaysia.”


A RAF Voyager at Paya Lebar Airbase in Singapore. Cpl Rob Bourne RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2019



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