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