Aero India 2017, the biennial air show and exhibition event in Bengaluru will be back on February 14.
Since its inception in 1996, Aero India 2017 will be the 11th edition, which will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru from February 14 to 18, 2017. This time’s event is is likely to showcase several aircraft that were ‘Made in India’, either indegenously or via foreign collaboration.
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Visitors are treated to not only the air shows, but also exhibitions from various industries across the world. The event provides a “significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in the international aviation sector. It has favourably poised an exponential growth over previous edition,” notes the official website. It goes on to note that the event has become “a hub centre for defence business in Asia”.
Aero India 2015 saw the participation of exhibitors from 33 countries with 644 companies, out of which 326 were from overseas and 318 were domestic. It had also seen the participation of 46 overseas delegations.
The event is organised by the Defence Exhibition Organisation, of the defence ministry, along with Indian Air Force, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Space, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry.
The event claims be the largest air show in Asia.
Since the defence ministry has not officially confirmed the list of aircraft that will be on flying or on static display, here are some that have been confirmed by Twitter users.
LCA Tejas is the main highlight of India’s journey to be self-reliant in making fighter aircraft. Aero India 2017 will see several models of the LCA Tejas on static display and some of flying display.
Some of the Aero India regulars like Sarang helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force, Surya Kiran acrobatic display team (which would be perfoming in the new Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer), C-130 Hercules of the IAF, the C-17 Globemaster of the IAF, Mi-17V5 helicopter of the IAF, P-8I of the Indian Navy, and many others are said to be part of the air show.