Lots of love, but no money: LIMA 2017

Nigel Pittaway and Chen Chuanren report from Malaysia’s biennial air show at Langkawi

The Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency) operates two CL-415MP amphibians from Subang. Aircraft M71-02 took part in the flying display
All images Nigel Pittaway

The world’s fighter manufacturers were out in force again at the 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition, held on the resort island of Langkawi between March 21 and 24. However, not all of them brought aircraft with them this time and, once again, news of progress to any Malaysian fighter aircraft acquisition programme was very thin on the ground. Instead, the news centred on proposed upgrades to several platforms, but only one of those, the replacement of the Nuri helicopter’s analogue instruments with a modern semi-glass cockpit, has achieved any real traction.

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