Some highlights of Aero India 2017
Vayu interviews with some leaders of the industry as also various highlights are collated for reader’s reference. Of course, Vayu’s Show Dailies were published and widely distributed throughout the Show and – as always – were first on the scene !
The Rafale omni- role fighter aircraft was showcased at Aero India 2017. Three Rafale fighters, one single-seat Rafale C, and two twin seat Rafale B fighters participated at the show after the acquisition by Indian of 36 Rafales in September 2016, consistent with Rafale International’s endeavour to illustrate its commitment to India and to Indian interests.
This programme exemplifies the strategic relationship and the ‘exemplary partnership’ maintained between India and France and is a ‘natural culmination’ of the relationship of trust initiated in 1953 when India became Dassault Aviation’s first export customer.
“Dassault Aviation, the Rafale manufacturer, has contributed proudly to India’s defence preparedness for more than 60 years. Demonstrating the Rafale capabilities in Aero India, is reaffirming our total commitment to India’s sovereignty. We have had a long standing relationship with Indian Air Force and industry and, thanks to the unmatched capabilities of the Rafale and to our full involvement in the innovative approach of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, we are entirely dedicated to partner India in meeting its strategic defence and economic needs” stated Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation.
Vayu’s Angad Singh ‘pulled G at Aero India 2017’ and his flight in a Gripen D was undoubtedly the ‘experience of a lifetime’, and is included in this Issue.
Serge Dassault with Dassault Systèmes co-founder Charles Edelstenne, and current Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Éric Trappier. Serge Dassault has attended every Aero India show since 1996!