Malaysia and India Attend Air Combat Exercises Shakti 2022

Malaysia and India Attend Air Combat Exercises Shakti 2022
Malaysia and India Attend Air Combat Exercises Shakti 2022

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF/TUDM) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) is currently conducting the first six-day joint air exercise, Vayu Shakti 2022. The drill was held in the Malaysian state of Kuantan airspace and its surroundings on 12-17 August. The Vayu Shakti is held at the Pokhran range every three years. The last event took place in 2019.


The series of exercises are based on the concept of field exercises and subject matter exchange. The aim is to strengthen military-to-military ties and interoperability between air forces. Both IAF and RMAF operate the Su-30MK Flanker fighter jets with the respective codes Su-30MKI and Su-30MKM. RMAF and IAF aircraft will carry out tactical flights by flying low in certain designated areas. The IAF attend the drill with 148 aircraft. In addition to deploying the Su-39MKI, the IAF sent a fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, Il-78 aerial refuelling aircraft, and Rafale fighter jets, Tejas fighter aircraft, Jaguar, MiG-29.

Malaysia and India Attend Air Combat Exercises Shakti 2022

,Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement, "The four-day Shakti Air Exercise will provide an opportunity for IAF personnel to share and learn best practices with some of the best professionals from the RMAF.

In addition, the two air forces can discuss joint combat capabilities.