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Aero India 2009 gets off to a spectacular start Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Next edition from February 9-13, 2011

Bangalore : The seventh edition of 'Aero India' got off to a spectacular start at the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, today. Aero India 09 was formally inaugurated by Defence Minister, Shri AK Antony in the presence of the Ministers of State for Defence - Shri Rao Inderjit Singh and Shri MM Pallam Raju, Karnataka Chief Minister, Dr. BS Yediyurappa, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal FH Major, Navy Chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Defence Secretary Shri Vijay Singh, DG CII, Shri C Banerjee, Chairman HAL, Shri Ashok Baweja and other top dignitaries.

Speaking at the occasion, Shri Antony said despite the economic recession, there was no question of scaling down the defence expenditure, or compromising with the ongoing acquisition programmes. With defence industry now open to 100 per cent Indian private sector participation, and FDI up to 26 per cent, the government's emphasis is on public-private partnership in the defence industry, he said. Shri Antony also announced that the eighth Aero India will be held from February 9-13, 2011 at Bengaluru.

Breathtaking mavoeuvres by Indian and foreign pilots in their fighter jets streaking and tumbling across the sky included the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 'Tejas', F/A-18 Super Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 'Falcon', Russian Mig-35D and IAF's Su-30 MKI, Jaguars and Mirage-2000. Five of the newly inducted 'Hawk' advance jet trainers built by HAL and four LCA 'Tejas' also flew in impressive arrowhead formations at the display leaving the spectators spellbound.

Earlier welcoming the delegates, participants, exhibitors and guests, Secretary (Defence Production), Shri Pradeep Kumar told that the five-day international defence exposition received an overwhelming response from global aerospace majors and aviation industry. The new initiatives incorporated in this edition has facilitated online bookings for more than 500 business-to-business meetings even as the display area was substantially increased to encompass 44000 sqm. A major focus was also aimed at student participation with special halls earmarked for IAF pilots to interact with them. Also students from IIT Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai and Vellore Institute of Technology would be actively interacting in the aero show.

Held biennially at Bengaluru, this year the mega event has 592 exhibitors from 25 countries participating at the show. Of these 303 are from overseas and 289 from home. The participating countries include UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Ukraine. China is participating at this year's Air Show for the first time.

 
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