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Deals Worth Over US$960 million Signed at LIMA 2019

The 15th edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2019 held between March 26-30 in Malaysia saw deals worth over US$960 million (RM 4 billion) signed, which was a slight increase from the previous edition held in 2017.

One of the largest maritime and aerospace defence and commercial industry event in the Asia-Pacific region, LIMA continues to be a major focal point for industry players and key decision makers representing Asia’s rapidly growing markets. 
Majority of the deals signed during the weeklong event involved government, defence and transport ministries.  A total of US$871 million (RM3.67 billion) worth of procurement contracts were signed mainly for the purpose of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for existing strategic defence assets. In addition, agreements and memoranda of understanding worth over US$120,000 (RM500,000) were inked among companies, thus bringing the total to over US$960 million (RM 4 billion).
The brainchild of Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Muhamad , the biennial LIMA exhibition was launched in 1991, and features defence & commercial, maritime & aerospace, shipbuilding & ship repair, civil aviation, manufacturers, MRO, airport equipment & services, training & simulation, helicopters, safety & security equipment as well as unmanned systems(UAV’s), and much more.

The 2019 edition hosted 12 country pavilions,  with Turkey taking the biggest international pavilion and Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation (BHIC) the largest space among local exhibitors. The Malaysian government’s commitment to supporting the event was evident with the Ministry of Transport hosting 462 sqm pavilion gathering all relevant agencies. More than 406 exhibitors, including 200 foreign defence companies participated at LIMA. Furthermore, 400 official delegates and 40,000 trade visitors attended the event. 
Malaysia Recognises Long-term Partners
The Malaysian government recognised long-term partners that have been supporting its ambitions for decades. As part of this, Thales was awarded by Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence for the Most Outstanding Industrial Collaboration Programme. The Sapura Thales Electronics (STE) Thales and Sapura joint venture, which employs over 150 nationals, was recognised for its commitment towards strengthening the human capital of Malaysia.

The award was presented to Thales by the Secretary General of Defence Dato’ Halimi bin Abd Manaf, in the presence of PM Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammed and Tuan Haji Mohamad Sabu, Minister of Defence. The Prime Minister also attended the launch of next-generation Thales Military VHF radio, which was fully designed and developed in Malaysia with STE. 
Tejas Debuts 
HAL Tejas from the Indian Air Force made its maiden appearance at LIMA, and performed with  Jupiter from Indonesia and the Royal Malaysian Air Force at the daily aerobatics show. Tejas is a single-engine, multirole light fighter featuring tailless, compound delta wing. It can guide air-to-surface and anti-shipping weapons to be integrated for multirole capabilities.
Airbus Products Highlighted at LIMA 
Airbus was the largest international exhibitor at LIMA, with a major presence covering its entire range of commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopter products and services.

  Airbus aircraft at the static display included an A320neo operated by Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia;  Military aircraft such as a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) A400M, the new-generation tactical airlift; and a CN235 medium aircraft that the service uses on transport missions were on display.

The helicopters such as the RMAF’s H225M, a Malaysian navy AS555SN Fennec, and an AS365 Dauphin operated by the country’s maritime enforcement agency were also at display. Airbus also featured H145 helicopter in emergency medical services configuration. 
The Airbus exhibition stand featured scale models of the new A330neo wide-body aircraft, the C295 maritime patrol aircraft, the Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aerial system, as well as helicopters such as the H175 and ACH160. The company also had dedicated sections for intelligence and maritime surveillance solutions and presentation on the H145M helicopter fitted with the HForce weapons system.
BAE Systems Highlights its Best
One of the largest international suppliers to the Malaysian Armed Forces, BAE Systems exhibited a full-scale Typhoon replica, the APKWS weapons guidance system, advanced sensor fusion capabilities, and the innovative E-Scan radar. The company is the supplier of the Hawk Light Combat Attack and Training aircraft in service with the Royal Malaysian Air Force as well as naval vessels and land vehicles. 
Naval displays included the 40Mk4 and 57Mk3 naval gun systems currently in service with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and a scale model of Offshore Patrol Vessel currently under construction for the Royal Thai Navy and the UK Royal Navy. Land-based weapon systems were represented by a scale model of the 105mm Light gun. BAE Systems employs over 500 people across its Malaysian operations, which includes a cyber-engineering centre as well as, many partnerships over the past 50 years.
Latest Products from Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group’s latest products and developments presented at LIMA comprised of the full range of requirements for naval and security forces, such as SIGMA frigates & corvettes, ENFORCER landing platform docks, amphibious vessels, offshore patrol vessels, landing crafts, fast interceptors, and a wide range of naval support vessels. 
ECA Group Displays UMIS
ECA Group showcased its Unmanned Maritime Integrated System (UMIS), which is a turnkey solution for the use of its air and naval drones like AUVs, ROVs, UAVs and USVs, and a comprehensive software suite UMISOFT. ECA Group provides solutions for Air surveillance, Submarines and Surface Ships, Mine Counter Measures, and Homeland Security.
All ECA drones are optimised to perform multiple missions are already used by several Navies. 
For air surveillance, ECA Group designs Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) able to carry out intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and recognition (ISTAR) missions. While ECA Group Submarines and Surface Ships system range from platform management to command & control systems as well as propulsion & energy systems, and robotics. Modular systems by ECA Group, like magnetic signature reduction systems and multi-influence ranges, meet MCM and ASW requirements. ECA’s innovative Magnetic Risk Solution based on UAV IT180,

STERNA specifically designed for underwater acoustic and electromagnetic signatures reduction. The company also exhibited its robotic systems aboard naval platforms with its range of mothership designs OCTOPODA. 
Russia Showcases  Yak-130 
Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation showcased combat capabilities of Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft. The jet took part in the aerobatics and exhibited combat capabilities in a regime closed for public. The Yak-130 is a two-seat combat trainer aircraft produced by the Irkut Corporation, part of the United Aircraft Corporation. Russia successfully exports these jets to a number of foreign countries, including Myanmar and Laos.
Dassault Aviation Flies High
The Dassault Aviation group showcased a range of solutions including the Falcon 8X in the static display, different configurations of the multirole Rafale combat aircraft in Virtual Reality, and the Falcon 2000 MRA.

The Falcon 8X has a range of 11,945 km, and is one of the quietest and most comfortable cabins in the industry, according to Dassault. The company’s acquisition of the maintenance activities and infrastructure of ExecuJet at Subang Airport has reinforced its after-sales support market in Southeast Asia, making it a suitable choice for Malaysian corporations.

Dassault also exhibited Rafale, which can carry 1.5 times its weight in weapons and fuel, and is capable of performing a full spectrum of air combat missions. The company is offering it to the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Whereas, the Falcon 2000 MRA presented at the offers a high-performance response to the demands of maritime surveillance/reconnaissance missions such as border surveillance and search and rescue etc.
Naval Group Presents Innovations
Naval Group’s exhibits at LIMA highlighted its surface ships and innovative solutions. The company demonstrated Gowind,  which combines high survivability characteristics with outstanding anti-air (AAW), anti-surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine (ASW) warfare performances thanks to the MU90 and to the CANTO®-V.

Nine of the ten Gowind® vessels contracted are being built with foreign partners in Malaysia and Egypt. In December 2012, the RMN contracted Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) for the construction of 6 Second Littoral Combat Ships, in Lumut, Malaysia, with Naval Group as the main subcontractor.
The group also showcased Mistral, a multipurpose Force Projection vessel providing extended capabilities and designed to command and achieve, joint operations, as well as Search and Rescue and humanitarian aids missions from the sea.

Mistral is combat-proven with the French Navy, and is ready for the transfer of technology with the Malaysian industry. Naval Group offers Mistral based design solution with 60 per cent of local content. Another solution at display was Naval Group’s  Scorpène, an ocean-going submarine also designed for shallow waters operations. The RMN had acquired 2 Scorpène class submarines which are now maintained through BDNC JVC in which Naval Group is involved. 
Two POLARIS multifunction operator consoles were presented by Naval Group. POLARIS is a compact, high-performance and robust tactical command system covering the full spectrum of maritime security and low-intensity operations that meeting stringent requirements for Navies and Coast Guards. 
LIMA 2021
Cyber and aerospace technologies will be among important components at the next Langkawi International Maritime Aerospace Exhibition 2021 (LIMA’21). According to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, these sectors are important in empowering the country’s aerospace and maritime industry, and LIMA provides a platform to source and implement them. 

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