One of the key elements of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) that is often not in the limelight is the branch’s special force unit called Pasukan Khas Udara or PASKAU in short and they handle special warfare, search & rescue & security coverage missions. It is said that PASKAU received training from the UK’s famed Special Air Service (SAS) and the US Special Operations Forces (SOF). Image source: Wikipedia
No matter which angle you look at it, the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKM is still one of the most beautiful fighters around and is far superior to many current Western, modern jet fighters. In addition to the earlier 16 units of Russian-made MiG-29N, Malaysia deployed 18 of these multi-role fighters in 2007 to complement the 8 US-made F/A-18D multi-role fighter that was deployed in 1997. Image source: Wikipedia.
(Small, sleek, agile but seriously packed with a powerful punch, Northrop’s F-5E Tiger II – the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s first supersonic fighter jet and the first that was considered as the most advanced fighter jet in its inventory in the 1970s and 1980s. Image of the F-5F the two-seater variant source: Wikipedia)
I always have the special fondness when it comes to the military especially when it is related Malaysian military. I had always found some similarities between the military and the kind of work I do. Well think about – every time I go out for projects, there is no difference with the military going for a critical mission. Both have specific objectives, timeline and always comprised of trained and specialised team members.