More Middle Eastern participation expected at next Lima

Mar 26, 2017
Display by South Korea’s T-50B Black Eagles fighter jets during Lima’17. Photo by Bernama

The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition in 2019 can expect more participation from the Middle East, reported The Star Online.

It quoted Lima 2017 organiser, EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Shaun Jacobson, as saying that exhibitors and delegates from the Middle East would be included due to the increased cooperation between Malaysia and the Middle East.

He also said the exhibition had become more than just an air and maritime exhibition.

“It is also about national unity, drawing Malaysians of all races and religions,” he said.

EN Projects chairman Senator (Rtd) Admiral Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said they managed to obtain 555 exhibitors from 36 countries in comparison to 512 from 36 countries in Lima 2015.

There was also an increase of 81% in the value of contracts and agreements signed this time, totalling about RM3.7bil from the RM2bil in Lima 2015.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported the success of two aerobatic teams from two countries which collaborated in an aerial show was among the highlights of the exhibition.

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Chief, General Affendi Buang said the collaboration between South Korean Air Force’s Black Eagles team with Indonesia Air Force’s (AU-TNI) Jupiter resulted in an amazing performance.

“This was a very spectacular sight. This was the first time in the world where two countries collaborated and cooperated to do an air show. They did it very well,” he said when presenting souvenirs to the aerobatic teams at Lima’17.

Besides the Black Eagles and Jupiter, the other aerobatic teams which performed this time were the RMAF, the Russian Knights (Russia), Rafale (France), and Gripen (Thailand).

Affendi said the Black Eagles team would be making a special flight over the Petronas KLCC air space on March 29 at 10.45am.

He said all the events concerning the aerobatic teams in Lima’17 went on smoothly without any glitches and they put up the best performances in terms of safety and scheduling.

“Many of the comments I received from the foreign parties said what we did was ‘one of its kind’,” he added.

Affendi also did not discount the possibility of RMAF setting up its own aerobatic team and putting up either a solo or joint show at the Lima 2019.

“For the coming Lima, I think there is a possibility we will put up our own aerobatic team, if the situation permits,” he said.

Lima’17 which began on March 21, ended yesterday, recording more than 200,000 visitors during its five-day show.