Air Forces of India, Malaysia begin bilateral exercise Udarashakti

Udarashakti 2022:  Udarashakti is a bilateral exercise between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

  • This is the first bilateral exercise that is being conducted between the two countries

About Udarashakti 2022:

  • Indian Air Force is taking part in air exercise Udarashakti 2022 with Su-30 MKI and C-17 aircraft while the Malaysian Air Force is taking part with Su 30 MKM aircraft.
  • During the four days, various aerial combat drills will be conducted between two Air Forces.


  • The exercise will secure the long-standing bond of friendship and enhance the line of defence cooperation between both the armies.
  • This in turn will strengthen security in the region.
  • Through this exercise, IAF will get an opportunity to share and learn best practices with the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
  • They would also discuss mutual combat capabilities.


  • The first bilateral Air Force exercise that staged frontline Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft was conducted in 2018.
  • From 2008 to 2010, the Indian Air Force Training Team was deployed in Malaysia to give training to Malaysian pilots on the SU-30SKM aircraft.

Indian Air Force (IAF):

  • IAF is the air wing of Indian Armed Forces.
  • It was set up on October 8, 1932.
  • It is ranked third worldwide.
  • Its main objective is to secure Indian airspace and conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

Royal Malaysian Air Force:

The Royal Malaysian Air Force was established on June 2, 1958.