Langkawi 2019

Held on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi in the Andaman Sea, the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA 19) was held between March 26 and 30, 2019. Nigel Pittaway reports

Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara KAI KT-1B Wong Bee, serial number LL-0117, from Skadron Pendidikan 102 ‘Team Jupiter’ landing after a team display at LIMA 19. The team’s aircraft have been repainted in new markings for the 2019 season.
All images Nigel Pittaway

AS WITH previous shows however, there was very little available budget for Malaysian defence spending in 2019 and no large deals were announced, nor contracts signed. However, the Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM or Royal Malaysian Air Force) has a vision for the future under its Capability 2055 plan and this, coupled with the muchanticipated Defence White Paper to be released by the coalition government of recently elected Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in September, provided a glimmer of hope around the exhibition halls.

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