Bengaluru, Feb 20: The 12th Edition of the biennial Aero India was inaugurated by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Yelahanka air base, in the outskirts of the city, today and metal birds, including HAL's indigenous products Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, started roaring in the city and enthralled the dignitaries, who have arrived from foreign countries and representatives of many Indian companies from various parts of the country.
The five-day biennial event will showcase India's air Defence prowess and act as a platform for aviation companies, the defence sector and government to forge new alliances and contracts.
The organisers have decided to withdraw show by Suryakiran after yesterday's tragedy in which one pilot was killed and two other pilots seriously injured in mid air crash while conducting rehearsal.
Besides the Tejas, the HTT-40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft), first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132- named as Hawk-i, Civil Do-228, Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) are scheduled to fly in the air show. Rafele has already arrived three day in advance to display its skill in air worthiness. (UNI)