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A Turkish aerospace company's ANKA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is on display during a media preview of the 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Langkawi, Malaysia, March 25, 2019. The 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) will see the participation of hundreds of companies from dozens of countries, Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Monday. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)

LANGKAWI, Malaysia, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) will see the participation of hundreds of companies from dozens of countries, Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Monday.

Speaking at a media briefing on the upcoming defense exhibition, Mohamad Sabu said 406 local and international companies from some 300 countries and regions had turned up for the five-day event which begins on Tuesday.

"All preparations have been made, we are all ready," he said. "The outcome of LIMA 2019 will be useful for us to expand our network, prioritize, rebalance and strategize efforts to further strengthen the (defense) industry," he said.

Mohamad Sabu said this edition of LIMA was expected to bring 44,000 trade visitors and 23000,000 public visitors.

He said that this year would see greater participation from non-military companies, offering technologies with civilian applications as part of a drive to make Malaysia an aerospace hub.

The briefing was followed with an anti-terrorism demonstration involving the several Malaysian armed forces special units at the waterfront nearby the exhibition area.

First launched in 1991 by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during his first term, the biennial program has grown into a major arms and technology showcase, drawing hundreds of companies from dozens of countries.

The highlights for this year are four aerobatic teams from Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Russia and they will showcase their skill at aerial maneuvers as part of the event, a staple part of the event.

Additionally, 55 fighter jets and other aircraft from the participating countries would perform aerial displays at the Langkawi International Airport.