Monday, June 7, 2010

Malaysia to Take Part in Cobra Gold Military Exercise

Malaysia will take part in the Cobra Gold joint military exercise by Thailand and the US armed forces from next year.Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia’s participation in the bi-annual military exercise was agreed upon during his meeting with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates in Pentagon last week.“Following the agreement, Malaysia will join the exercise as a participant.He said Gates also agreed to work with Malaysia in the upgrading of the Royal Malaysian Air Force Nuri helicopter and the Hercules C-130 transport aircraft after 2014, as well as to intensify training for Malaysian armed forces personnel in the United States.“We will also acquire the Airbus A-400M transport aircraft by 2012,” he added.

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