Future FPDA engagement to be enhanced, says Armed Forces chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Future engagement between the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) armed forces will be enhanced, says Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Mohammad Ab Rahman.

"This will undoubtedly enhance cooperation on traditional military operations, interoperability and foster stronger bonds among the Armed Forces of our five member nations," he said at a press conference today at the InterContinental Hotel here on Tuesday (Oct 3).

He said that directives for these programmes had been set forth and would guide exercise development.

Earlier on Tuesday, the FPDA met for its 22nd Defence Chief’s conference which saw the congregation of the military leaderships of Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

On the joint exercises, Gen Mohammad highlighted "Exercise Bersama Lima" which began on Monday (Oct 2) would conclude on Oct 20.

"This exercise engaged a substantial force of 2,500 personnel, 44 aircraft and seven ships,demonstrating a multifaceted approach to military preparedness," he said.

"Elevating the capacity in conventional and non-conventional operations will prepare the FPDA member nations to respond more resiliently to dynamic security challenges from geopolitical dynamism and rapid technological advancement," he said.

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