The Indian Air Force (IAF) will participate in the Langkawi International Maritime Aero Expo (LIMA 2019) for the first time, the service announced.
This year’s expo is planned in Langkawi, Malaysia from March 26 to 30.
During the expo, the IAF will showcase India’s indigenously developed fighter aircraft, the HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
Participation of IAF in LIMA-2019 will provide an opportunity to air-warriors to interact with their Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) counterparts and foster close relationship between the two services. This will serve as a foundation for any future interaction with the Malaysian Air Force. It will also provide an opportunity to RMAF to assess the capabilities of LCA.
The IAF team departed for the expo from Air Force Station Kalaikunda for Langkawi on March 22 via Myanmar (Yangon). The IAF contingent consists of two LCAs, one C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter and one Il-76 strategic airlifter along with 27 officers, 42 air-warriors and 11 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) personnel. HAL is the manufacturer of the Tejas fighter aircraft.