A host of Made in India aircraft and helicopters along with foreign ones will be on display (flying and static) at the Aero India 2019 which would be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka from February 20 to 24.  While a majority of Indian aircraft and helicopters are from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) stable, there will also be static display of the indigenously developed light business jet GENJET GLJ3X1. So far about 175 exhibitors-both Indian and foreign have registered to take part in the air show according to the organisers. Besides, 27,890 sqm space has been booked and 5,286 sqm space is still available for participants to book.

On Display From HAL

According to the organisers, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH MK IV), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), HAWK-I and the basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) will be on display during the air show. The LCH, LUH and the HTT-40 is awaiting certification and is yet to be inducted into the Indian Air Force.

Countdown Begins: Flying Response To Aero India Show

Keep your eyes peeled for the GENJET GLJ3X1, developed by the Bangalore based Genser Aerospace & IT Pvt. Ltd. According to them, the aircraft ‘2+7 seat Light Business Jet’; has twin turbofan engines with cruise speed of 840 kmph and a range of 4,100 km.

From The Airbus Stables

Among the international names, Airbus is a big one. The helicopters which will be on static display from the Airbus include the Airbus H135 and Airbus H145. Among the military transport aircraft, the Airbus A400M, C295 and the ANTONOV 132D will also be on display.

What IAF Is Shopping For

During the 2019 edition, the aircraft expected to participate in the show would be from the six companies who have responded to the IAF’s Request for Information (RFI) for 110 multi-role fighter jets. These include Boeing (F/A-18 Super Hornet), SAAB Aviation’s (Gripen), Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin (F-16 Fighting Falcon) and Russia’s Mig-35, who have responded to the RFI.  During the last edition of the air show, a total of 72 aircraft participated. The Yakovlev aerobatic team, the Skycats, the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team and the Sarang helicopter were among the display teams. A few of months ago there were reports that the five day Aero India show which has been held in Bangalore since 1993 could move out to Lucknow.  However, ending months of speculation, the Ministry of Defence in September announced that the government has decided to hold the Aero India 2019 in Bangalore.


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