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A K Antony and Federal Chancellor Merkel to open the ILA2008 in Berlin Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Berlin – Germany’s Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will open the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA2008 on 27 May during a 90-minute tour of the event. She will be accompanied by Arakkaparambil Kurian Antony, the Minister of Defence of India, this year’s partner country, Michael Glos, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of the Land Brandenburg, Harald Wolf, Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economics, Technology and Women, and Jürgen Thumann, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

As the partner country at the ILA2008, India  has announced the largest ever display by its aerospace sector outside its own borders. Among the aircraft which Hindustan Aeronautics is intending to show for the first time in Germany, both on the ground and in the air, are a single-engined jet trainer, the HJT-36 “Sitara”, and the “Dhruv” light military and civilian helicopter. One of the main highlights will be an appearance by the “Sarang” helicopter team, flying four Dhruvs.

The organisers of the ILA2008 will be represented by Dr. Thomas Enders, President of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), and Raimund Hosch, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH.

The opening tour will commence at 12.30 p.m. at the display commemorating the “60th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift” on the eastern side of the exhibition site (Display 1). The programme will include a brief opening ceremony next to the Airbus A 380 with addresses by Federal Chancellor Merkel, India's Defence Minister Antony and the BDLI President Enders.

Dietmar Schrick, Chief Executive of the BDLI: “Once again the ILA 2008 set-up, with its wide-ranging display, provides convincing proof of the capabilities of the aerospace industry. This sector continues its successful growth, and with its various events the ILA is in tune with the entire sector.” And in the words of Stefan Grave, ILA Project Director for Messe Berlin: “The ILA offers everything to delight and fascinate technically minded visitors.  No comparable event provides such an opportunity for a close look at all the fascinating aspects of aviation and space flight. The ILA presents the world’s largest number of aircraft and displays the widest range of aircraft both on the ground and in the air.”

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