Date: 4-5 December 2009
Static: AI-2317 CN235MPA SkU5 M71-02 CL-415MP APMM M29-19 F-5E 12Skn M34-17 MB339CM 3FTC M70-03 AS365N3 APMM M52-13 Su-30MKM 11Skn M45-07 F/A-18D 18Skn M43-03, M43-08 MiG-29N 17/19Skn M40-22 Hawk 208 15Skn M50-02 PC-7 MkII 1FTC M81-06 A109LOH 881Skn M502-2 AS555SN 502Skn M501-2 S Lynx Mk300 501Skn 9M-PTC Beech 350 Polis 9M-PSO Ce208 Polis Flightlines: M23-08 S-61A-4 3Skn M30-09, M30-12, M30-16 C-130H 20Skn M34-14, M34-15 MB339CM 3FTC M43-04, M43-10 MiG-29N 17/19Skn M43-11, M43-16 MiG-29N 17/19Skn M44-05 CN235M 1Skn M50-03, M50-09 PC-7 MkII 1FTC M52-11, M52-16 Su-30MKM 11Skn M70-01, M70-02 AS365N3 APMM M71-01 CL-415MP APMM M81-04 A109LOH 881Skn M502-3 AS555SN 502Skn M501-1 S Lynx Mk300 501Skn M994-02 Mi-17-1V Bomba M994-03 Mi-171 Bomba 067, 068 AH-64D 120sq 642, 645 F-16C 143sq A8-125, A8-130 F-111C 6sq Visitors 30 November: M44-01 CN235-220M 1Skn M50-14 PC-7 MkII 1FTC Visitors 1 December: M30-16 C-130H 20Skn 9M-PSL, 9M-PSN Ce208 Polis Visitors 5 December: 88192 CH-47SD 127sq M27-09 Ce402B 20Skn M44-08 Cn235M 1Skn M994-04 Mi-171 Bomba Visitors 6 December: M30-04, M30-06, M30-10 C-130H-30 14Skn M30-12, M30-16 C-130H-30 20Skn M50-19 PC-7 MkII 1FTC 9M-BOA A109E Bomba Others: M20-09, M20-17 Alouette 3 2FTC 9M-BOB A109E Bomba 9M-PHE, 9M-PHF AS355 Polis 9M-PTB Beech 350 Polis The Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition, or LIMA 2009 already experienced its 10th edition. The maritime part mainly took place, largely unnoticed by non-trade visitors, in the harbours and bays of Malaysia’s northwestern island. As opposed to this the airshow happened directly above the International Airport. As the global economic crisis does not omit LIMA, organizers thereby had to bemoan some cancelations. Although this year no display team could be admired, it offered a 90 minutes flying display with a number of highlights two times a day. The biggest part was of course in the hands of the host country. Thereby the Malaysian Air Force had the chance to present her MiG-29N in front of a wide audience one last time. The Smokey Bandits will be withdrawn during 2010 after a period of service of only about 15 years. The Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia (Royal Malaysian Air Force) demonstrated its current training tools with the PC-7 Mk II of Swiss production and the brandnew Aermacchi MB339CM of Italian design which was handed over officially at LIMA. The spearhead of national defense was proudly presented in the air: The force teeming Su-30MKM (M stands for Malaysia). The Multi-Role-Fighter, accoutered with Thrust-Vector-Control and Canards, demonstrated its maneuverability in a breath- taking dynamic display. With this sample of Russian production the RMAF will be well prepared for the tasks of the upcoming years. The participation of the host country was completed by the presentation of a Bombardier CL-415MP of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. The amphibian caught all eyes with the intake and dropping of 1,622 gallons of sea water. Foreign countries unfortunately were backing off from participation in the flying-display. Only the air forces of Singapore and Australia were present. From the Asian city state, the F-16C as well as AH-64D Longbow Apache were showing a corporate demonstration of their abilities. Thereby the helicopter gunship was demonstrating impressively why it is one of the world’s best: Its maneuverability, speed and low acoustic level are search- ing one’s peers. Outstanding highlights of LIMA 2009 however were the daily presentations of the Australian F-111C Aardvark. After this parting visit the type will be retired in December 2010. The unique Dump & Burn demonstration specially excited the 40,000 visitors, not including the many people who watched from the outside. Every single display were a welcome reason for a family picnic and the airshow will certainly remain in good recollection. Prospectively in 2011, LIMA will open its doors again, maybe presenting the successor of the MiG-29N. Text by Nicole J. Simon & Sascha Linkemeyer.