Aero In­dia 2015 – What to ex­pect


Air Mar­shal B.K. Pandey (Retd) ]

The long awaited tenth edi­tion of the pres­ti­gious bi­en­nial event Aero In­dia In­ter­na­tional Air­show to be held at Air Force Sta­tion Ye­la­hanka from Fe­bru­ary 18 to 22, 2015, is fi­nally upon us. The event is or­gan­ised by the De­fence Ex­hi­bi­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der the Min­istry of De­fence Pro­duc­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­dian Air Force (IAF), the De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), Depart­ment of Space and the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion. This year, the Min­istry has in­volved the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII), the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI) and for the first time in­cor­po­rated the PHD Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

Aero In­dia is one of the largest of the air­shows in Asia but what makes this par­tic­u­lar edi­tion of the air­show spe­cial is that it will be in­au­gu­rated by Naren­dra Modi, the Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia. This would be a land­mark event and a sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from the prac­tice in the past as never be­fore has the Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia at­tended the event leave alone inau­gu­rat­ing it. There were un­con­firmed re­ports in the me­dia that the Prime Min­is­ter would be fly­ing a sortie in the Rafale. How­ever, this re­port turned out to be un­founded and has rightly been de­nied by the gov­ern­ment. The Min­istry of De­fence has also stated that Aero In­dia had no link with any of the ac­qui­si­tion plans on the anvil. The Min­is­ter of De­fence Manohar Par­rikar would at­tend the show and him­self chair a con­fer­ence on ‘Make in In­dia’. The Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion Pusap­ati Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju would be a spe­cial guest at the air­show.

Das­sault Rafale mul­ti­role fighter air­craft has been short­listed for the MMRCA pro­gramme

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