ATR72MPA (P-72A) Public Debut LIMA 17

With Malaysia having a need for maritime surveillance aircraft, it was not surprising to see Leonardo’s ATR72MPA (P-72A) making its public debut at LIMA.  It is the second for the Italian Air Force’s 41 Stormo at Sigonella, Sicily. Alan Warnes

Update on Maritime Surveillance, LIMA 17

The need for a maritime surveillance aircraft has taken priority over the MRCA competition.  In the static display there was the brand new ATR-72MPA and a RAAF P-3C Orion which will become surplus when the eight P-8A Poseidons are delivered to RAAF. In the three aerospace Halls there were several companies marketing maritime surveillance platforms: […]

The first upgraded Sikorsky S-61A-4 Nuri transport helicopter, LIMA 17

The first upgraded Sikorsky S-61A-4 Nuri transport helicopter, was handed over to the RMAF on March 22.  The upgrades have seen the type receive an all new glass cockpit which includes a moving map and digital flight displays. It took five months to complete the first upgrade at Subang airport in Kuala Lumpur, where the […]

Handing over of fourth A400M, LIMA 17

Airbus Defence and Space handed over the fourth A400M, M54-04 to the Royal Malaysian Air Force on March 22.  Receiving the aircraft on behalf of the RMAF was Malaysian Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.  The first was handed over in March 2015. Three aircraft made a flypast on the opening day of LIMA 17. Alan […]

Update – Malaysian Fighter Competition, LIMA 17

BAE Systems did not send a Typhoon this year, preferring to exhibit a full scale replica (FSR) outside the exhibition hall with the weapons that could be available if the Royal Malaysian Air Force opted for it.  The requirement for a multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) to replace the F-5s and MiG-29Ns has been rolling along […]

Malaysian Prime Minister opens LIMA 17

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Yab Dato’ Sri Mohammed Najib bin Tun Abdullah Razak speaks at the opening ceremony at LIMA 17. During the Prime Minister’s opening ceremony speech, the Government has allocated RM 26 billion (around £5 billion) under the 11th Malaysia plan to cover defence, public order and  enforcement.  He went on to say that […]

Malaysian Minister of Defence attends CNRT 17

The keynote address at the Chief of Navy Roundtable talks was Malaysia’s Minister of Defence, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.  He praised the efforts of the organisers in recording 31 Chiefs of Navy and representatives, academics and defence industry players. He told us that with a maritime area of more than 556,000 sq kms and […]


Archangel On Guard IOMAX showed off their 23rd Archangel border patrol aircraft of 24 on order by the UAEAF&AD. It comes 27 months after the contract was awarded. The last one will be delivered this month. Saab receives additional GlobalEye sale Saab were keen to show off their GlobalEye multi role surveillance system at their […]


With 82 deals worth AED 18.833 billion ($5.08 billion) announced at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVEX) 2017, it proved why the twinned events remain one of the go-to events for the defence industry. For four days from February 19-22, defence experts from all over the world headed towards the Abu […]

Turkey’s Great Hope – T129 ATAK

Turkey’s Great Hope – T129 ATAK Turkish Aerospace Industries has now delivered ten T129 ATAK tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopters to the Turkish Land Forces. According to the company they are being flown in some of the most challenging environments in eastern Turkey. Where they are being employed in anti-terrorist operations. Among the ten new […]