KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- A total of 330 companies from 24 countries have so far confirmed their participation in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2009 (LIMA '09) from Dec 1 to 5. Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abu Bakar Abdullah said 53 types of aircraft and 71 warships would be making a bee-line towards Langkawi for the expo. He said exhibitors from Australia, Russia, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, South Africa and Singapore were among those coming. Malaysia's first Scorpene submarine KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, which sailed back from France recently, will be displayed in public for the first time at Porto Malai.
"About 46,000 trade visitors are expected this year. On the fourth day, about 40,000 people are expected to turn up when the exhibition is opened to the public," he told reporters here.Abu Bakar said the fact that LIMA was one of the most prestigious events in the world was also another factor why it remained popular and well supported. He said the expo was one of the largest defence and civil showcases in the world, regularly attracting the global maritime and aerospace industries to the island.
LIMA 09 will maintain the venues, Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) for the aerospace segment and the maritime equivalent at Porto Malai.Among the aerospace attractions this year will be the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter and F-16 jet-fighters of the Singapore Air Force; a fly-past by a B-52 bomber of the United States Air Force; a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Royal Brunei Air Force; F/A-18D Hornets, Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flankers and MiG-29N Fulcrum jet-fighters of the Royal Malaysian Air Force; and Super Lynx and Fennec AS555 helicopters of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency will demonstrate water bombing with its Bombardier CL-415 airplane. HW Lima Sdn Bhd now has the sole rights of organising the event. Previously, the company organised the maritime segment while the aerospace show was handled by another company. Two conferences themed "The Changing nature of Maritime Securities: Challenges and the Applications of Technology" and "Air Power in Maritime Security" would also be held.-- BERNAMA
To visitors planning to come during LIMA i suggest better make all the arrangement now! It will always be a great event & also full house hotels.