26/03/2019 to 30/03/2019
26 MAR 19 – 30 MAR 19
1. Langkawi International Maritime Aero Expo (LIMA-19) was held at Langkawi, Malaysia from 26 to 30 Mar 19. Indian Air Force participated in the Aero Expo for the first time during which it showcased its indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The team departed from Air Force Station Kalaikunda for Langkawi on 22 Mar 19 and routed via Myanmar. Participation of IAF in LIMA-19 provided air-warriors an opportunity to interact with their Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) counterparts. It also provided RMAF with an opportunity to assess the capabilities of the LCA. The IAF contingent consisted of two LCA, one C-130J and one IL-76 aircraft along with 27 officers, 42 air-warriors and 11 HAL personnel.
2. The Indian Air Force contingent participating in LIMA-19 arrived at the venue at 1820 hrs Malaysian local time. The contingent received a warm welcome from RMAF, Defence Attache to Malaysia & support staff.
3. Langkawi International Airport Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) & Fire Rescue Department, Malaysia visited IAF detachment for aircraft familiarisation. Detailed briefing on LCA was carried out for the rescue teams to assist them in handling emergencies during the show.
4. ‘The tempo is up, the spirits are high & we are ready!’ IAF contingent along with RMAF & LIMA ground support personnel have set up the flying complex for flying operations at Langkawi, Malaysia.
5. India’s indigenous supersonic Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)- world’s lightest supersonic fighter which has already joined IAF- participated in aerial displays during five day Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition for the first time.
6. Culmination of the final practice session before the opening display for LIMA 2019. IAF's Tejas (LCA) is seen during the practice session at Langkawi International Airport, Malaysia.
7. LCA has some interesting design features. It is world’s smallest single-seat, single-engine combat aircraft and has a tailless, compound, delta-wing design. The aircraft showcased its famed manoeuvrability in the Malaysian skies.
8. India's pride- Tejas generated huge interest & fan following at LIMA-2019, Malaysia. Here's all you need to know about this nimble, single engine indigenously developed fighter jet.
9. IAF's Tejas aircraft performed aerial display at LIMA 2019. Along with the Tejas, Indian Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette INS Kadmatt also participated in the Expo. LIMA-19 was inaugurated by Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia.
10. Low-level aerial display by a fighter aircraft highlights the seamless synergy of man & machine. LIMA-2019 commenced with a lot of fanfare at Langkawi, Malaysia. During the event, IAF team & indigenously development aircraft- Tejas showcased its might to the global audience.
11. Dr Ajay Kumar (Secretary Defence Production), Air Marshal RD Mathur (AOC-in-C EAC IAF) & H.E. Shri Mridul Kumar (High Commissioner of India in Malaysia) visited IAF contingent at Langkawi.
12. Indian Air Force participated in LIMA-19 with LCA-Tejas for the first time. The Honourable PM of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad & the Defence Minister of Malaysia, Mohamad Sabu saw Tejas up close & interacted with team IAF.
13. Flying, in any form, captures everyone’s imagination unlike anything else. Aerial display by a fighter aircraft epitomises courage, professionalism and skill of those associated with it. The show commenced on 26 Mar 19. Here are some glimpses of Tejas at Malaysia on first day of LIMA-19.
14. Glimpses of Indian Air Force contingent & the pride of India- Tejas. The second day at Aero Expo saw enthusiastic aviation fans cheering for Tejas. Here are some moments captured during the first & the second day of the Air Show.
15. Air-warriors from the 45 Squadron- the 'Flying Daggers' prepare an aircraft for aerial display at Langkawi, Malaysia. 45 Squadron is the first IAF fighter squadron to be equipped with indigenously developed 'Tejas'.
16. 1st July 2016: first IAF squadron with LCA-Tejas is raised. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over first two aircraft to Indian Air Force making 45 Sqn- the 'Flying Daggers' the first squadron to fly indigenously developed LCA.
17. Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas aircraft left the audience spellbound at Langkawi, Malaysia. Here are the display visuals of Tejas from LIMA-19. The aircraft kept aviation enthusiasts glued to the sky throughout its breathtaking aerial display.
18. The last display at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019. Team India flew the pride of India- 'Tejas' at the Air show & captivated the audience with its scintillating performance.
19. Glimpses of some moments captured during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019.
20. Tejas Display team of IAF enthralled the audience at LIMA-19, Malaysia. Cheers & applause were unstoppable from the moment LCA took to the sky right till the time it landed. Tejas stole the show and gave everyone an experience to remember for a long time.
21. Display flying epitomises adventure & glamour. But the precision comes with hard work & practice. Group Captain Samrath Dhankhar is the display pilot for Tejas aircraft. He told us about all that it takes to be a display pilot.