Chinese defence companies are attracting the attention of Malaysian authorities at the ongoing 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visited the Chinese Pavilion and the display area for several of the Chinese participating companies.
Among those representing this year are China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), China Ship building & Offshore International Co., Ltd. (CSOC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).
According to Xinhua news agency, Deputy director of CSOC military trade department Ren Pengfei briefed Mahathir as he looked at the company’s products including surface vessels, submarine products and torpedoes. Ren told the media that he also had briefed Mahathir on the on-going Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) project, of which four are being built for the Malaysian Navy, with the first set to launch on April 15, with the remainder scheduled for 2020 and 2021.
The LMS is a class of large patrol vessel with a length of 69 meters and displacing 780 tons for patrol, anti-terrorism, rescue and protection of fishery activities. The contract was signed in 2017 as the first large military equipment order between China and Malaysia, Xinhua reported.
Under the contract, China will design and build four LMS for the Malaysian Navy. The building of the second LMS for Malaysia started in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, last October.
“Then we introduced him about some other products such as the MRSS (Multi Role Support Ship) and also the frigate, corvettes and patrol vessels, not only for the Malaysian Navy, also for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and we also introduced him about some torpedoes, underwater weapons and civilian equipment for the armed forces,” said Ren.
Mahathir also took time to view a barrage anti-missile system, an area defense system combining a multiple rocket launch system with an integrated optical electronic tracking system offered by CSIC.
“There are many attractive things in the Chinese section of the exhibition,” the Malaysian prime minister told a press conference. “Of course, China has made great progress and we are looking at the Chinese products.”
Among the items on display are models of Long-Range Surveillance Radar and the Airborne Warning and Control System, both manufactured by CTEC.
Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group’s Wing Loong II drone is also being displayed at the show.
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