On Tuesday, 23rd May 2023, the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition officially commenced, after a short hiatus in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The LIMA Exhibition is one of the largest maritime and aerospace exhibitions in the Asia Pacific region, held every biannually, bringing together hundreds of maritime & aerospace organisations, industry leaders, military representatives and a massive display of technological developments in the industries.
Taking place on the resort island of Langkawi, Malaysia, the LIMA Exhibition played host to nearly 600 companies from 20 countries and 4 continents, ranging from the commercial giants like Airbus and Boeing, to leading defense contractors like Thales and Raytheon. This year, our team’s military correspondent, Bryan Wong, was on the ground to cover the LIMA Exhibition.
The LIMA Exhibition 2023 featured an impressive array of commercial and military aircraft. Below is a short summary of the various aircraft and naval vessels on display at the event.
The static displays feature a wide array of commercial and military aircraft. Here are some of the key highlights:
Airbus: Airbus A220-300 (leased by Air Canada)
Boeing: P-8 Poseidon (leased by the United States Air Force)
Ilyushin: Il-76 (leased by the Russian Knights)
Lockheed: CP-140 Aurora (leased by the Royal Canadian Air Force)
Here are some of the key highlights for the aerial display segments of LIMA2023:
South Korean Air Force Black Eagles’ KAI T-50 Golden Eagles
Royal Malaysia Air Force F/A-18 aerial display
Russian Knights’ SU-30 and SU-35s
United Arab Emirates Air Force Al Fursan Aermacchi MB-339NAT
People's Liberation Army Air Force Ba-Yi Chengdu J-10
Integrated flyby (Aircraft assortment, lead by an Airbus A400M)
Friendship flight between the ROKAF and RMAF.
In addition to the aviation segments, there are also naval aircraft moored for viewing during the exhibition. These include:
Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Steadfast (Formidable-class stealth frigate)
Chinese PLA Navy CNS Zhanjiang (Type 052D destroyer)
Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Kumano (Mogami-class stealth frigate)
Over the coming days and weeks, team APP will be featuring articles & images covering specific segments from the event, so do keep a look on our website for updates, snippets and reviews on this year’s LIMA Exhibition 2023!