Aero India 2019: Rafale, Sukhoi SU-30, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet key attraction at air show
The 12th edition of Asia's premier air show, Aero India 2019, commenced at the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The five-day mega event began on a sombre note, a day after two aircraft of Surya Kiran, Indian Air Force (IAF)'s aerobatics team, collided mid-air, killing a pilot and injuring two others who ejected to safety. The Rafale fighter jet, at the centre of a political controversy, took to the Indian skies, while there are several other aircrafts and advanced helicopters scheduled to fly in the air show.
According the Aero India official website, a total of 61 aircraft would be on display and 403 exhibitors would be part of the show. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who kicked off the event, invited investors to capitalise on the ecosystem in aero space and other sectors in India which offered a big market for Defence manufacturing. Image source: IANS