The participation of India's prestigious "Surya Kiran" aerobatic team of the Indian Air Force at the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA)2007 exhibition in Malaysia will strengthen the good relations between Malaysia and India in the field of defense.
Additional General Manager of Hindustan Aeronatics Ltd (HAL) Rajiv Kumar made the remarks at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (MIEC) in Langkawi on Friday.
The participation of nine Kiran MK II aircraft, produced by the company, at LIMA since Monday proved India's commitment to make the air show a success, he said
"It will strengthen bilateral ties between both countries. I feel very proud every time they perform the aerobatic display," Malaysian national news agency Bernama quoted Rajiv as saying.
The Surya Kiran team is performing for the first time at LIMA.
The team uses nine Kiran MK II basic jet trainers, manufactured by HAL in 1960, with seven of the aircraft flying during each session of the show, which ends on Saturday.
On LIMA, Rajiv said that the two countries had signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for pilot training in India and supply of ground support equipment, which included hydraulic service trolleys, for the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF).
The LIMA Maritime series of exhibition is one of the world's premier maritime exhibitions. The event has become much anticipated as a perfect platform to showcase the latest state-of-the-art maritime defense products and services.