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Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2015

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Despite 2 aircrafts from the Indonesian Air Force Jupiter aerobatic team crashing during a training session, the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (“LIMA ‘15”) kicked off on 17th March 2015 as the largest and premier edition in its 25 years history. The biennial exhibition LIMA ’15 which was officially launched by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the presence of 70% of the 25 major defence companies in the world and 5 of the world’s largest helicopter manufacturers, was held from 17th to 21st March 2015 at the All purpose built Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (“MIEC”), Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman.The exhibition combined the adjacent Langkawi International Airport and a neighbouring cruise jetty as part of its overall facilities, affording exceptional options to promote the maritime and aerospace product capability.

With the participation of 512 companies from 36 countries worldwide and 110 aircraft and 65 ships, LIMA ‘15 in its 13thedition of the exhibition reaffirmed its position as the leading defence technology in the Asian region. LIMA ’15 recorded an overall growth of 18% from the previous edition, with 433 exhibitors from 31 countries, 333 defence delegations from 38 countries, 632 media personnel from 127 agencies, 68 ships and 78 aircraft attended the show. The 5 day event also saw 38,421 trade visitors from both defense and commercial sectors from all around the world,as well as 135,691 public visitors.

3 c32bcLIMA enjoys the committed support from the Government of Malaysia and industry associations. This supports have positive benefits that permeate through the organization of LIMA and passed on to exhibitors, in particular, with regards to delivering relevant key visitors to the exhibition.

LIMA was first held in 1991 with slightly over 100 exhibiting companies. As it stands today, LIMA is one of the most influential exhibitors in Asia and is touted to be the premier destination for aerospace and maritime manufacturers targeting the Asia Pacific growth markets from the defence, enforcement, civil and commercial sectors.For 24 years, LIMA has been serving the exhibitors need by assembling key decision makers and specifiers from across the region for the biennial 5 day event. LIMA’s winning formula of targeted buyers, carefully crafted networking programmes and exceptional infrastructure have consistently yielded exceptional results for its exhibitors. Indeed, more and more companies are choosing LIMA for its extraordinary environment to network, facilitate business and achieve sales.

This year, more than 510 aerospace and maritime companies from 36 countries took partin the exhibition, including major players in the defence industry such as Boeing, Airbus, Safran and Lockheed Martin. LIMA ’15 also featured local defense companies such as Deftech, Sapura, National Aerospace Defence Industries, Boustead Heavy Industries Corp and MARA Aerotech.This year’s LIMA had not only attracted the largest warships and aircraft in history, it also has the presence of all 10 defence ministers of the Asean member countries, something that had never happened before. Amongst the highlights at LIMA ’15 were the cross country flight by Malaysian government’s new asset, a transport aircraft Atlas A400M,accompanied by Royal Malaysian Air Force fighter aircraft. Among the conventions held during LIMA were ‘Chief of Navy Roundtable Talk’, ‘Air Chief Conference’ and ‘Aviation Summit’. Touted as the largest ever LIMA, visitors experienced close encounters with 110 aircraft, 65 maritime vessels and 5 aerobatic teams.

Aircraft Static AndAerobatic Display

There were also more than 100 aircrafts on display at MIEC. The LIMA exhibition was only opened to the public yesterday, from 20th to 21st March 2015.The crowd was given the rare opportunity to go inside some of the planes to snap shots in the pilot seat. Since 8a.m., visitors have started queuing up to enter MIEC with tickets priced at RM10 for adults while children below 16 years old enter for free.

A400M was the most popular aircraft in the static display. It was the new aircraft from the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Malaysia was the only one of the Asian country that involved in buying A400. We were lucky asthis aircraft was there in LIMA. The aircraft’s role is as a ‘Force Enhancement’ to increase RMAF’s capacity in its Strategic and Tactical Airlift operations. The A400M can go further and carry larger cargo compared to the C130H.The A400M can perform a three-in-one role, firstly, a strategic capability of transporting heavy and outsize loads, and flying at high altitude and high speed over a long range. Secondly, a tactical capability of operating on short and soft unpaved airstrips, and thirdly, serving as an air-toair refuelling tanker.

1 5e5a7The aerial display was held for 2 days for the public viewing from 10p.m. to 12p.m. and 2.30p.m. to 4.30p.m.At LIMA ’15, 4 aerobatic teams from China, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia performed stunning manoeuvres in the sky for 4 hours, thrilling and giving a memorable show to some 10,000 visitors.Despite the scorching sun, the crowd, equipped with cameras and binoculars, stood at MIEC and by the roadsides to take shots of the amazing sky acts.The crowd paid particular attention when the Malaysian Krisakti aerobatic team and the China’s August 1st all-female pilots took to the sky with breathtaking moves.This is the third year the five-member Krisakti team is performing in LIMA, while it was the first time here for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), with their Chengdu J-10 fighter jets.

Maritime Demonstrations And Naval Ships Display

Maritime demonstrations and naval ships display were held at the Resorts World Langkawi in Awana Porto Malai, where the public were given the opportunity to go on board some of the naval ships.

LIMA ‘15 featured a record number of vessels from all over the world. The 2015 show had the biggest and most impressive display of warships to date with over 35 ships participating from the Australian navy, the Russian navy, the Republic of Indonesia navy, the Republic of Singapore navy, the United States of America navy, the Pakistan navy, the Royal Brunei navy, the Bangladesh navy, the Myanmar navy, the India navy, the Royal Thai navy, the United Arab Emirates navy, the People Republic of China navy and the Malaysian navy. The Russian navy set the record for displaying 3 vessels at LIMA ’15 namely Admiral PanteleyevUdaloy (class destroyer), Pechenga(tanker) and SB-522 (tug).

Events in recent years have highlighted the growing importance of the maritime domain in Southeast Asia. Thus, maritime patrol and surveillance were the most prominent themes of this year’s LIMA show, as big manufacturers such as Boeing, Saab,Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace jockeyed to promote their various solutions for the mission.

4 c1a64Why Attend LIMA ’15 - Valuable Experienced Gained

LIMA is well known to offer strategic networking opportunities. It is an avenue to hear insightful thoughts and ideas between the key players in the industry, and to discover an invaluable showcase of latest products and innovations. It is the choice platform to springboard into the fast-growing region.

The LIMA Exhibition is a place where high-quality trade visitors meet. Amongst the list of people that attends LIMA are Asia’s influential government delegations, defence chiefs and commercial industry corporate executives.

Batch 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Aeronautical Development Centre(“ADC”) of International College of Yayasan Malacca (“ICYM”), which consisted of 40 students and staff attended LIMA’15 on the 17th and 18thMarch2015 under trade visitors. We gained a lot of insights and in depth knowledge from this world class event. It gives us exposure and open our mind about the real aviation is. It felt great seeing so many aeroplanes on display.

As aviation geek, we were more inclined with the aerospace displays. In the aerospace exhibition hall, we get to know more on aerospace companies and their aviation offerings such as knowledge about aerospace industry in general, engines, technology, maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”),etc.

In respect of new technology, Airbus company introduced its aircrafts namely Airbus A350 X WB, A380and A320 new family. For the A320 new family, Airbus is working on offering a new engine for the A320 known as the New Engine Option (NEO). The choice for new engines includes the CFM International LEAP-X and the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G/PW1500G. The new engines burn 16% less fuel. The actual fuel gain on an A320 installation will be slightly less, since 1% -2% is typically lost upon installation on an existing aircraft. Airbus CEO said to be “comfortable” with the projections of 20% lower maintenance cost for the Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G family, compared with today’s engines.


Our unforgettable visit to the world renowned maritime and aerospace exhibition, LIMA ’15 would not have been possible without the concerted effort of many parties. On behalf of the ADC students, I wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our stakeholders. I am indeed grateful for your enduring support and confidence towards us.

My sincere appreciation goes to my fellow colleagues of ICYM for their devotion, commitment and determination to ensure this program achieved its desired objectives. I always believe that the excellent work ethics, positive attitude, unrelenting dedication and professionalism of ICYM students are the essence to our continuous progress.

On behalf of the ADC students, I wish to record our deepest appreciation to the management and lecturers of ICYM whose strong support and confidence have enabled us to move forward and steer through the challenges we faced in 2014/2015. To show our gratitude, we shall strive to deliver commendable results each year.

My gratitude also goes especially to all the ADC lecturers for their immeasurable guidance, prudent counsel and strategic approach towards achievement of our objectives. We trust that the wealth of experience of our lecturers will steer ICYM towards achieving our goals.

5 18922I wish to put on record my heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Executive Officer of ICYM, YBhg Datuk Saroni bin Judi for his support to enable us to realise our goal to make an educational trip to LIMA ’15 as well as in allowing us to utilise ICYM’s buses for our trip transportation from Malacca to Kuala Perlis.


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