Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LIMA 2017 - Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition

If you are in Langkawi, what a sweet spot to be, that is if you enjoy airplanes and such. This is because Langkawi is hosting the 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2017. Set to be bigger and better, the exhibition is from March 21 to 25.

Russian knight: The Russian Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team’s Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet landing in Langkawi for Lima 2017 - The Star

The Star reported that:

Aeroplanes and fighter jets worldwide are landing at the airport here and warships and vessels of all sizes are coming in to berth at Resorts World Langkawi (RWL).

With more than 500 maritime and aerospace companies from 36 countries taking part in Lima 2017, the exhibition this year is touted to be the biggest one yet.

There will be 103 aircraft for aerial and static displays and 61 vessels coming in exclusively for the exhibition.

Also in store to provide thrills to visitors are performances by four aerobatic teams – the world renowned Black Eagles of the Republic of Korea Air Force, the Indian Air Force’s helicopter display team Sarang, the Jupiter Aerobatic Team of the Indonesian Air Force and the Russian Air Force’s very own Russian Knights.

The Black Eagles and Sarang will be showing off their skills for the first time in Malaysia.

Air show enthusiasts will be in for a treat as the Russian Knights, who were last here in Lima 2013, are returning to wow the crowd with their spanking new Flanker-Cs (Sukhoi Su-30SM) fighter jets.

Painted in white, blue and red, the performance in Lima 2017 will be the foreign debut for the newly-equipped team.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) will also be displayed.

They include the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator by the United States Air Force, the US Navy’s Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout, the Thales Fulmar UAV by Thales Group, and the AUV62-AT by SAAB.

The organisers are targeting 40,000 trade visitors and some 140,000 public visitors.

The exhibitions and displays for the aerospace segment will be held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) while the maritime segment will take place at RWL.

The exhibitions and demonstrations are open to the public from 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday, the last two days of the exhibition.

The first three days are for delegates and trade visitors only.

The maritime and warship static exhibition at RWL, however, is open to the public beginning Wednesday, from 8am to 6.30pm.

Entrance to MIEC is RM10 per visitor while it is free at RWL.

Held biennially since 1991, Lima 2017 is jointly-organised by the Defence Ministry and EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd, with the support of several ministries, Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Air Force, the police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Fire and Rescue Department, and the Royal Malaysian Customs.

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