Langkawi braces for take-off of tomorrow's Lima 2017

HARIZ MOHD AND HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


LANGKAWI: The Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) here is abuzz with activity this morning, a day ahead of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (Lima '17).

More than 1,000 media members, organising committee members, military personnel, defence contractors, exhibitors and technical workers from around the world began converging on the MIEC since 8am this morning to fine-tune preparations for the biennial event and collect identification passes.

Defence Ministry Strategic Communications Unit Public Relation chief Lieutenant-Colonel Salawati Yahaya said more than 500 media members arrived here as of Monday morning.

The New Straits Times visited the MIEC this morning to witness the final preparations, and saw contractors and exhibitors putting the final touches to display booths.

The booth exhibitions include miniature models of aircrafts, military gear, weapons and display monitors.

Several prominent exhibitors had also brought in aircraft simulators.

Roads leading to the MIEC and the airport were packed with aircraft enthusiasts and general members of the public, who took the chance to snap pictures of aircraft on display.

Among the aerobatic teams which have arrived for put on their jaw-dropping aerial displays are the Russian Knights and Indonesian's Jupiter; while Air Forces from several participating nations have also parked their fighter jets, transport aircraft and helicopters for enthusiasts to feast their eyes on.

Spectators can also expect to have a sneak peak of what is to come during Lima ‘17 when aerobatics teams start rehearsing this afternoon.