SHAH ALAM: It appears after a two year absence the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition is set to return, with the 2023 edition scheduled on May 23 to 27.. The Defence Ministry will be co-organising the event with a private firm, Alphine Integrated Solution Sdn Bhd which is based out off Mont Kiara.
The letter of appointment of Alphine as the co-organiser of LIMA 2023 was published on the Twitter post of CYDES2023, the cybersecurity exhibition scheduled in June, next year. The letter of appointment was signed by Fazidah Mustafa, the head of the Defence Industry Division of the Defence Ministry.
As you are probably aware the last LIMA was held in 2019 and the 2021 edition was cancelled due to Covid 19 pandemic as many other defence exhibitions the last two years. The recent DSA 2022 was the first defence exhibition held in Malaysia following the pandemic.
As the appointment of the co-organiser was only made on May 19, there is nothing out there on the events scheduled for LIMA 2023. One would expect however, the events that were part and parcel of LIMA series – the aerospace and maritime displays – will be held. The million dollar question is how big is the participation.
And how big, depends on next year’s Defence Ministry budget. If its still the same and big ticket procurement on hold, it will not be bigger than the 2019 edition.
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Don’t expect too much I suspect. It will just be another fizzer. Didn’t someone say nothing much will happen until after the GE? Why would someone exhibit when there will be no business? Total waste of time IMHO.
The talk is that by May there will be a new government as the GE is expected late this year or early next year
Tom Tom – Why would someone exhibit when there will be no business”
Because the sellers fully realise that this is a long term effort and that presence accounts for a lot. Those confident of securing a sale will come irrespective of the costs and whether elections are around the same period. For them it’s well worth the effort.
Perhaps….. I have read the S Koreans are willing to accept payment or part of it in, palm oil. They are a big producer of Bio Diesel it seems, and because of the war, palm oil prices are at record highs.
S. Korean paper even quote a price. $45 mil a pop. So basically around RM1 billion to integrate the BVR capabilities.
We dun have any budget for new assets. It will not attract much vendors from oversea.
As explained in a previous post; the defence business is a long term one in which presence counts for a lot. Irrespective of whether we will buy anything in the short term; various companies have to come; even if they scale down their presence. Not coming sends the wrong message; especially now when competition is very stiff.