Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bangalore: Birds of different kinds have flown in from across the world to India's silicon hub to flaunt their air power at Aero India, the international aviation exposition being held at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF) here.
Billed as the largest air show in South Asia, the biennial five-day event has come of age to become a strategic platform for global aerospace majors from the US, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Israel to pitch for the growing pie of the Indian military and civil aviation requirements, driven by a burgeoning economy.
'Unlike in the previous editions, we have seen a huge demand for space from overseas as well as Indian aerospace firms, resulting in 100 percent jump in participation this time. About 500 firms are showcasing their aircraft and aviation products and technologies through flying display, static display and exhibition,' a top military official told IANS here.
Lockheed Martin from the US, Russian Aircraft Corp (RAC) from Russia, Saab Gripen from Sweden and Dassault Aviation from France have flown in their magnificent flying machines to woo the Indian military establishment, scouting for 126 multi-role combat aircraft to replace the ageing MiG-21 fleet of IAF.
Apart from a variety of military and civilian aircraft, helicopters and transport planes taking to the skies at the air-show, F-16 of Lockheed, F/A-18 of Boeing, MiG-35 of MiG, GAS 39 of Saab and Rafael of Dassault are stealing the thunder with their breathtaking manoeuvres and air power.
After the inaugural show Wednesday, Boeing's chief test pilot Ricardo Traven was seen waving the Indian tricolour as he readied the F/A-18 Super Hornet for takeoff to demonstrate its multi-role capability with leading-edge weapon, radar and avionics systems even as F-16 and GAS 39 were waiting in the wings for their turn to roar into the sky.Not to be left behind, MiG-35, flying for the first time outside Russia, dazzled thousands of spectators with its might, powered by the most advanced aero-engine (RD-330VT) whose nozzles can move in any direction and manoeuvre more than the Russian-built Sukhoi-30 MKI, the world's first fighter jet with up-and-down thrust vectoring engines.
08/02/07 India PRwire (Press Release)


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