Black Eagles And Other Planes To Soar At LIMA '17
January 27, 2017 18:08 PM
By Aishah Mohmad Afandi
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- You have seen the Red Arrows of the British Royal Air Force. Now, you have a chance to watch South Korea's pride, the Black Eagles, do their stuff at LIMA '17.
Ohers which have confirmed their participation include India's Sarang Helicopter display team and Jupiter of Indonesia.
The Black Eagles won the Boeing trophy for best display at the 17th Waddington International Air Show on July 1, 2012. A week later, they were awarded the King Hussein Memorial Sword for the best overall flying demonstration at the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world's largest military air show, held annually in Gloucestershire, England.
"They are making a name for themselves in aerobatics and will be an experience to watch," said a spokesman of the the Defence Ministry strategic communication for LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition).
The display team consists of eight KAI T-50 Golden Eagles, developed by Korean Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin, an American defence company.
EN Projects, the organiser of LIMA '17, said the Red Arrows, which were at LIMA in 2007 and performed for Epsom College Malaysia last year, would not be coming for this year's exhibition.
Malaysia's Krisakti aerobatic team would also not be taking part, a spokesman said.
The Sarang display team of the Indian Air Force flies four advanced light helicopters. Its first public performance was at the Singapore Air Show in 2004.
The organisers said 267 companies from 35 countries have confirmed participation in the three-day exhibition starting March 21.
Among the participants is Roketsan Missiles Industries, the leading Turkish weapon manufacturer and defence contractor.
The winner of the 2016 International Defence Industry Exhibition for Best International Stand Design Award is known for its missiles and rockets such as J-600T Yildirim, Mizrak-U and T-122 Sakarya, and its naval system.
The 104 Malaysian companies that have confirmed participation include Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation, which is making its debut at LIMA.
It is expected to showcase electronics and communication gadgets as well as weaponry.
There will be 51 aerial aircraft displays by the air forces of the US, France, Italy, Thailand and Malaysia, among others.
The organisers said they have thus far received confirmation for the display of some 80 fighter jets and 68 warships and boats.
They said there would be more than 550 international and local exhibitions which are expected to draw 40,000 people.