LANGKAWI: AS I did not found out anything significant today, I might as well have a picture update. Anyhow, the biggest news to come out of LIMA 2015 today was the withdrawal of TNI-AU Jupiter aerobatic display team.
The six surviving KT-1B aircraft flew off Langkawi around noon, a day after two of the planes crashed during practice.
As the mishap is under investigation, the team’s display routine had to be suspended leading to the decision to return home to Indonesia.
Meanwhile, images and videos of the Nuri in digital camo has spread on the social media. Talk is rife that the Nuri will be handed over to the Army at the opening day ceremony but Army chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor declined to confirm nor deny the speculation.
Raja Affandi also declined to confirm nor deny whether the helicopter above is fitted with the mini gun.
The two Grob aircraft looked out of place at the LIMA tarmac among the fighter jets but their debut at Langkawi made them a worthy addition to the show. The 520T is a very long-shot to meet Malaysia’s UAV requirements while the 120 could be the ab-initio trainer RMAF is looking for.
Two examples of the Super Lynx, 03 and 06 are seen spotting a FLIR turret on their nose which were not seen previously. At DSA 14, Selex ES was awarded a contract for the supply of spares and support for the RMN Super Lynx fleet with sensors, specifically the Guardian 2500 electronic support measures, the Seaspray 3600 surveillance radar and the multi mission turret.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kept Anuar Alias, PGB, RMN’s sole PGB recipient when covering the opening ceremony of the Multi National Counter Terrorism Exercise. It was a short encounter, he was busy coordinating the event but I am indeed honoured by the chance meeting.
He was awarded the PGB for his actions while serving as UN peacekeeper. His award was largely kept under wraps until his exploits and picture was published in the recent Navy coffee table book (after he was promoted as Captain). His citation at the KD Panglima Hitam museum at Lumut only has a small picture of him.
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