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AIR Butterworth

Last modified: 29 Oct 2019

Country: Malaysia    Region: Kuala lumpur

Locale: Cheras hartamas

Latitude: 5° 27' 57" N     Longitude: 100° 23' 27" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


TUDM Butterworth in the state of Penang used to be a RAF base (1942-1957). Notice the old RAF 33 Sq Bloodhound missile site at grid 527'32"N 10023'48"E Base handed over to RAAF (1957-1988) and as of 1988 handed over to Malaysian authorities and renamed TUDM Butterworth.

The Australian Defence Force continues to maintain a presence at TUDM Butterworth as of 2008 as part of its commitment to the Defence Arrangements (FPDA), with No. 19 Squadron RAAF and a detachment of AP-3C Orion aircraft from No. 92 Wing RAAF being located at the airfield. In addition, the Australian Army maintains a Rifle Company at Butterworth for training purposes and in 2018 Australia announced a $22 million upgrade to enable future Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters operations.

Units based:
- 3 (helicopter) sq operating S-61A4A Nuri in SAR role
- 12 (non-ops) sq with the replaced RF-5 Tigers
- 15 (training) sq operating BAE Hawk 208 and Aermacchi MB-339CM
- 18 (fighter) sq operating FA-18D Hornet

Ground Suppt
- 310 Sq,Sector Ops Center/Control Reporting Center (Malaysian Air Defence Radar TAHUD 1) operating a Marconi S-600 radar at grid 528'0"N 10023'15"E and also the nearby RAT-31DL facility (see TUDM Bukit Western)

- Permanent detached Australian unit: See Butterworth Australia.

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