KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Defence has announced that the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2023 will be held from 23rd until 27th May 2023 after being postponed since 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, the decision to host the LIMA 2023 was based on the success in the organisation of the Defence Services Asia (DSA) held in March 2022 and the preparedness of the country to enter into the Shift to Endemic Phase.
Hishammuddin said, the LIMA 2023 will be a much awaited and talked about not only by Malaysia as the host but also by the exhibitors, international delegations and members of the public as the last LIMA was held in 2019.
“The latest feedback Malaysia received from the international friends is that there will be an increase in participation and the potentiality of it being the biggest in the number of exhibitors, national pavilions, trade and public visitors, guests and assets in LIMA 2023 – the biggest ever recorded” Hishammuddin said at the press conference after the LIMA 2023 pre-launch event held yesterday (8th June 2022).
The Senior Defence Minister said, the early statistics of the event would be as follows:- 1) 600 exhibitors 2) 20 national pavillions 3) 45,000-238,000 trade visitors/public 4) 380 foreign guests (41 countries), 5) 110 aircrafts/.air assets 6) 110 ships/maritime assets.
“This will be the best venue for the defence industry companies from the whole world especially related to aerospace and maritime to return face to face after a long lapse due to COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of LIMA 2021.
“This will indirectly open the opportunity in the efforts to connect and promote strategic cooperation between local defence industry companies with that of the international which is in line with the objective of the National Defence Industry Policy that is being formulated now,” Hishammuddin said.
For the LIMA 2023 edition, among the new excitements that will be presented include the drone demonstration and drone competition segment, aerospace technology segment, flight company CEO forum, youth programmes related to education, career and electronic games competition (egames) and women in defence segment. This does not include cyber security in the aviation industry and maritime, assets exhibitions and air shows that will be the best in history. –Malaysia World News