Aero India 2019: All you need to know
The 12th edition of the country’s premier aviation exhibition has begun.
The 12th edition of Aero India-2019 begins today in Bangalore. It’s a five-day biennial air show which provides a platform to various Indian and foreign exhibitors to showcase their aircraft and capabilities.
It was first organised in 1996 and since then it has become a hub of defense businesses for India. This year more than 400 exhibitors will display around 61 aircraft in this event. Many companies from France, the US, the UK, and Israel are participating in this event.
The logo for this year’s show is inspired by Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. Tejas is an indigenous single-engine fighter designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the Aeronautical Development Agency. The major participants in this year’s show will be F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, Sukhoi SU-30. French Aircraft Rafale, which is embroiled in a major political controversy, will also showcase its prowess.
Light Combat Helicopter (TD-2), Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra) and ALH MICU (Medical Intensive Care Unit) HAL's Light Utility Helicopter (PT-1) will be on static display.
Just a day before the inauguration of the event, two aircraft of the Indian Air Force's Suryakiran Aerobatic Team crashed after they scraped each other mid-air. One of the three pilots, Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi died at the crash site while the other two who bailed out were injured and are under treatment.
This year’s event was mired in controversy after news reports of shifting the event from Bangalore to Lucknow. This resulted in a political row with several top leaders from Karnataka government criticising Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy wrote a letter to PM Modi requesting him to not shift the Aero Show from Bangalore. Finally, the Defense Ministry issued a press release and clarified that the event will be held in Bangalore.