KUALA LUMPUR: The six-day Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) this year has been brought forward to between Sept 30 and Oct 5 from the original dates in December.
The change is due to the original dates being too close to the fasting month in December and to have a better exhibition without disruptions to the logistic preparations for the show.
The trade days for Lima 2003 are from Sept 30 to Oct 3 with the two public days on Oct 4 and 5.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced the change of dates yesterday, also said that to date 60% of the 22,000 sq metre of floor space allocated for the aerospace component had been booked including 17 national and eight corporate pavilions.
In addition, he said, 15 hospitality chalets had been booked and 50 aircraft of various types, both military and civilian, would be displayed.
The aircraft include the BAE Hawk (Britain), those from United States – F15A Eagle, F16 C and B models, Super Hornet – as well as Russian aircraft.
Civilian aircraft including those for flying clubs would also be exhibited, he said.
Najib said that during his visit to Britain, his British counterpart had agreed in principle to the participation of the British Royal Air Force’s aerial aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.
At the same time, he said, nearly 70% of the 10,800 sq metre of floor space allocated for the maritime component had been taken up, including 15 national and eight corporate pavilions, as well as two hospitality chalets.
To a question, he said the Malaysian Government hoped to see the signing of contracts for the procurement of some military and civilian aircraft during Lima.
Asked if it would be bigger than previous procurements, he said there was a possibility and that a big procurement meant billions of ringgit in purchase.
Earlier in his speech, Najib said that since the last Lima in October 2001, there had been significant developments in geopolitics as well as the increased threat of terrorism that had necessitated the continuing expenditure of nations to meet their defence and security needs.
“At the same time, countries like Malaysia are continuing their modernisation programmes of the armed forces which involve the acquisition of newer versions of military hardware and solutions towards the attainment of the national objectives of upholding national sovereignty and preserving territorial integrity,” he said.
At the event yesterday, Najib witnessed the signing of contracts between HW Lima Sdn Bhd (the organiser of Lima’s maritime component) with six participating companies – PSC ND Sdn Bhd, Fincantieri Cantieri Navali SpA from Italy, DAWN Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Comlenia Sdn Bhd, System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd and Thales international.
He also witnessed the signing of contracts between Le Proton Lima Sdn Bhd (organiser of Lima’s aerospace component) and Boeing Aerospace (M) Sdn Bhd, Denel (M) Sdn Bhd, Airod Sdn Bhd, Sapura Technologies Sdn Bhd and Zetro Aerospace Corp Sdn.