March 18, 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG
Langkawi - Maritime patrol and surveillance were the most prominent themes of this year's LIMA show, as big manufacturers jockeyed to promote their various solutions for the mission.
Industry sources say that Kuala Lumpur is in the process of crystallising a requirement for six to eight long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
The potential requirement attracted attention from a range of companies including Boeing, Saab, Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace.
Boeing brought its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) technology demonstrator to the show. The type appeared on the static line, and the US airframer briefed media and officials on the MSA's capabilities. A modified Challenger 604 business jet, the unarmed MSA is optimised for high altitude, broad area surveillance.
Saab, Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace also displayed models of MSA and MPA solutions on their stands.