Singapore Air Force F16 fighter pilot Lt Lynn Dijon (File photo: Gunnes)

Singapore Air Force F16 fighter pilot Lt Lynn Dijon (File photo: Gunnes)

For the first time since its inception, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is set to rock the skies of Langkawi in its maiden appearance at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA).

“We will be welcoming the Republic of Singapore Air Force aircrafts and personnel,” HW Lima Sdn Bhd managing director Ahmad Dzuhri Abdul Wahab said on Friday.

HW Lima is the sole host of this year’s edition of the prestigious LIMA, which will be be held in the legendary island of Langkawi from Dec 1 to 5.

Previously, LIMA was co-hosted by two separate maritime and aerospace organizers.

Armed with its AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter and F-16 Fighting Falcon jet, the RSAF is set to thrill the crowds of LIMA 2009, with the fanciful aerial displays of both aircrafts.

The Apache Longbow has been touted as one of the most advanced combat helicopters in the world.

Designed mainly for tank-hunting, the aircraft is equipped with the AN/APG 78 radar installed in a dome above the main rotor that allows it to hide behind obstacles while using the radar to acquire targets.

The helicopter’s Longbow Fire Control Radar provides an enhanced radar target detection range and tracking ability, and can detect more than 200 targets.

With its Hellfire missiles, the Apache can conduct precision strikes under all weather conditions.

The F-16 fighters meanwhile, are equiped with state-of the-art armament, including AIM-120 AMRAAM.

Beginning 1991, LIMA has emerged as the premier destination for aerospace and maritime players, targeting the Asia-Pacific market in the civil, defence and enforcement sectors.