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The first Scorpene submarine will be delivered to the Royal Malaysian Navy at the beginning of 2008, according to Armaris, the prime contractor for the Malaysian submarine programme.
Langkawi took on a war-like atmosphere as jet fighters, attack helicopters and warships displayed their capabilities.
Malaysia wants to be the springboard for international maritime and aerospace companies to market their products in the region, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
EUROFILE BY CHOI TUCK WO.
Compiled by Wong Li Za
The pride of the nation - Malaysia's first submarine is expected to cruise home, manned by the country's first ever submarine crew by the middle of 2009.
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will transfer six patrol vessels to the National Maritime Enforcement Agency (NMEA) in June.
The first batch of submariners will begin their training in France next year ahead of the delivery of Malaysia's two French-built submarines in 2008.
Local companies with a good track record with the Defence Ministry will be awarded contracts for a longer period. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said such contracts would allow companies to invest in research and development (RD) to enhance their services and products.
The RM800mil Sepanggar Naval Base under construction in Sabah will be completed by the end of 2007, one year behind schedule, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said.