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Aero India show: Glimpse of avionics, technology enthralls visitors

Feb 22, 2019, 14:02 PM IST
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India's biennial air show is undergoing in Bengaluru, where a total of 61 aircraft would be on display and as many as 403 exhibitors would be part of the biennial event, according to Aero India's official website. Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday flew in the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Aero India air show and hailed the fighter.

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"It was a wonderful experience flying the LCA. The avionics of the aircraft was very good. I could see the manner in which the pilot was accurately targeting in radar and other modes," Rawat told mediapersons in Bengaluru. The combat fighter was piloted by Air Vice Marshal N. Tiwari, while Gen Rawat the co-pilot in the tandem-seater. Image source: IANS

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Among the crowd of defence investors, government officials and military officers, thousands of civilians are also congregating at the Aero India venue to watch spectacular flypast by powerful jets and aerial aerobatic shows. Image source: IANS

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The exhibition and air show, organised every two years, has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with 11 successful editions since 1996, the year India signed a deal with a Russian plane-maker to buy the heavy multirole fighter jet Sukhoi-30MKI. Image source: IANS

 

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Over 60,000 business visitors and 1 lakh general visitors attended Aero India 2017, the organisers said. The five-day event ends on February 25. Image source: IANS

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The logo for Aero India 2019 - a triangle in the colours of the national flag - is inspired by the LCA Tejas, the organisers said on their official website. Image source: IANS

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At a special ceremony at Aero India, the country's military aviation regulator CEMILAC handed over the final operational clearance certificate and other release-to-service documents to Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa. Image source: IANS

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India's first self-made fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft Tejas or LCA Tejas is finally ready to be used in operations by the Indian Air Force. LCA Tejas received the final operational clearance for induction into the air force as a fully-weaponised fighter jet. Image source: IANS

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Veteran industrialist Ratan Tata, a keen aviator was seen at the Aero India show, and he was closeted with his officials at the Tata Aerospace and Defence stall. "Tata arrived at the venue in the morning. He had a meeting with Tata Aerospace and Defence officials," a company spokesperson told PTI. Image source: IANS

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On the 2nd day of the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, Drone Olympics competition was also organised, wherein, a lot of enthusiasts participated. Image source: IANS

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This year's Aero India witnessed a tragedy when a pilot of the Surya Kiran aerobatic team died following a mid-air collision during rehearsal last week. Image source: IANS

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