India to hold largest air show in Bangalore from Feb 9

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) India will hold its largest airshow starting February 9 in Bangalore where 30 countries wouldbring their latest aerospace products including fighter jetsand transport and civilian aircraft.

The eighth edition of the biennial Aero India being heldfrom February 9 to 13 is expected to surpass all previouseditions of the premiere air show in terms of participationand volume, Secretary Defence Production Raj Kumar Singh saidhere.

Registering an increase of over 20 per cent in terms ofparticipation from the last edition, this year 675 exhibitorswill showcase their aerospace merchandise and products in75,000 sq metre area at the Yelahanka air base in Bangalore.

He said for the first time in the five-day show, theparticipation of civilian sector would be more than defencecompanies as 55 per cent of the exhibitors would be from thecivilian aerospace sector.

Singh said invites have been extended to 64 countries tosend their official delegations to attend the show and 45 ofthem are expected to visit.

USA, France, Germany, UK, Russia, Italy, Belgium andIsrael are the top eight participating countries.

A total of 93 domestic and international aircraftincluding the Su-30MKI, Mirage-2000 and Light Combat Aircraft(LCA) Tejas would take part in the show.

For the first time, the indigenously-developed LightCombat Helicopter (LCH) would also be put on static display.

Other aircraft on the display would be Eurofighter,Advance Light Helicopter (ALH), Light Combat Helicopter,Gripen, F-16, Rafale and Ka-226T choppers.

In the flying displays, the main attraction this yearwould be the Austrian ''Red Bull'' aerobatic display team whichwill perform along with the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT)and the Sarang helicopter display team.

Apart from the Russian MiG 35, all the contenders in therace to supply 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA)to the IAF would be present.

This includes the American F-16 and F/A-18-E/F, Swede SaabGripen, French Rafale and the European Eurofighter.

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