Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (#LIMA17)
YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Minister of Defence
LANGKAWI | 23 March 2017
Yesterday, LIMA 2017 played host to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah; the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Abdullah Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah; the Regent of Kelantan, Dr. Tengku Muhammad Fa-Iz Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra; the Crown Prince of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj; the Governor of Sarawak, Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud and Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib; and other visiting royals. On behalf the Ministry of Defence, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to our special guests for gracing our prestigious yet humble event.
On the sidelines yesterday, I also received courtesy calls from HE Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Fiji’s Minister for Defence and National Security; HE Harriett Baldwin, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Defence Procurement; HE Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister of Defence for Pakistan; HE Suay Alpay, Deputy Minister of National Defence for Turkey; and HE Matar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri; United Arab Emirates' Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence.
This morning, we witnessed the Nuri Upgrade Programme, where the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will be undertaking a Proof of Concept, where one RMAF Sikorsky S-61A-4 Nuri will be undergoing a trial upgrade to determine the best way forward to be implemented on the entire fleet of Nuri helicopters.
Subsequently, the Signing Ceremony of the Contract Document and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the handing over of the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) and Letter of Intent (LOI) Ministry of Defence Malaysia was held on this morning at Pre-Function Room, Dewan Mahsuri International Exhibition centre (MIEC), Langkawi, Kedah.
There were 11 Contract Documents, 12 MoUs, 7 LOAs and 5 LOIs worth nearly RM3.8 billion signed. This significant amount indicates that LIMA continues to grow stronger as the preferred platform for maritime and aerospace businesses regionally and globally. On the Ministry of Defence’s (MINDEF) part, we have witnessed an 81% increase in our signings from RM 2.04 billion in LIMA 2015 to RM 3.71 billion this year. This is testament to the success of MINDEF in pursuing a collaborative approach with our industry partners as outlined by the transformational HalaTujuMINDEF. Modernising the Malaysian Armed Forces, whilst mindful of continuing global economic challenges, remains a top priority for MINDEF and the Malaysian Government as highlighted by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak in his Opening Address for LIMA17 2 days ago.
Present at the event were His Excellency Dato Sri Abdul Rahim bin Mohamad Radzi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defence; General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor, Chief of Defence Force; General Dato’ Sri Zulkiple Bin Hj Kassim, Chief of the Malaysian Army; Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman bin Hj Ahmad Badaruddin, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy; and General Dato’ Sri Haji Affendi bin Buang, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
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