Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cope Taufan to Bring U.S., Malaysian Air Forces Together for Training

The U.S. Air Force and Royal Malaysian Air Force are set to train together Nov. 9-20 in Malaysia during exercise Cope Taufan.

Nearly 100 U.S. Airmen will take part, along with eight U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle aircraft.Cope Taufan is a live-fly exercise that involves dissimilar basic fighter maneuver training and dissimilar air combat tactics training with the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fourth generation fighters - the F/A-18D Hornet and MiG-29 Fulcrum.

The exercise gives U.S. and Malaysian airmen an opportunity to exchange techniques and procedures, enhancing their ability to work together when needed.

The U.S. and Malaysian Armed Forces have a long history of cooperation, taking part in common humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, training exercises, and professional exchanges.

Other noteworthy U.S.-Malaysia bilateral training events in 2009 include Keris Strike, a bilateral Army exercise, and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), a bilateral Navy exercise that includes participation across the Malaysian Armed Forces.

JERAM SISIK, Malaysia (June 24, 2009) - Malaysian Army Maj. Norul Hisyam shows the distinctions between edible and poisonous plants to U.S. Marines as part of a jungle survival course during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). Exercise Cope Taufan, Nov. 9-20, will be the latest in a series of regular training events between the U.S. and Malaysian Armed Forces.

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