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“Show of Presence” by RMAF and TNI-AU Fighter Aircraft in the Strait of Malacca

In addition to safeguarding the airspace in the Strait of Malacca, the bilateral operational cooperation conducted is expected to enhance the operational readiness levels for both air forces, besides serving as a 'show of presence' for the security of the regional airspace, especially in the airspace of the waters of the Strait of Malacca.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) together with the Tentera Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU) have conducted joint maritime air patrols in the Coordinated Joint Air Patrol Operation Malaysia – Indonesia (PATKOR MALINDO) in the airspace of the Strait of Malacca.

 The joint maritime air patrols under PATKOR MALINDO began on November 7, 2023.

“In line with the objectives of this operation, it serves as a collaborative monitoring effort in the airspace of the Strait of Malacca.”

“Besides safeguarding the airspace in the Strait of Malacca, the bilateral operational cooperation aims to enhance the operational readiness of both air forces, foster integrated and strategic cooperation between the two nations, and indirectly strengthen the diplomatic defense relations between the air forces of both countries that are already established.”

This statement was issued by the RMAF’s social media today.

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Additionally, this joint patrol is also a ‘show of presence’ for the security of the regional airspace, especially in the airspace of the waters of the Strait of Malacca.

In this operation, the RMAF deployed three Hawk 108/208 aircraft from No 15 Squadron, piloted by Commanding Officer Lt Col Mohd Hafis bin Hj Abu Bakar RMAF along with Capt Sangeethiran a/l Ganesan RMAF as the pilot of the first aircraft.

The second aircraft was flown by Capt Mohammad Hafizi bin Baser RMAF, and the third aircraft was flown by Maj Mohd Firdaus bin Mohd Noor Arif RMAF along with Capt Muhammad Afiq bin Mohd Yusop RMAF.

PATKOR MALINDO operation also involved CRC Kuantan as the Operations Control Center, JAMCC Sepang, and the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) as coordinators for the focused airspace.

TNI-AU, on the other hand, deployed two F16 C aircraft from Air Squadron 16 departing from LANUD Roesmin Nurjadin, Pekan Baru.

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The aircraft, nicknamed “Rydder,” was flown by Capt PNB Didik and Lt PNB Ghazi, with Command Sector 1 Medan acting as the Operations Control Center for TNI-AU.

This Joint Air Patrol is evidence of regional defense cooperation to ensure the safety and stability of the airspace of the neighboring countries Malaysia and Indonesia, benefiting many parties.

This operation is a continuation of the results of the PATKOR MALINDO Meeting Series 2/23 held from November 1 to 3, 2023. — DSA

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