Countdown begins: Flying response to Aero India show

Ten days after a newly designed Aero India 2019 website was launched for registration of exhibitors and visitors, about 66 exhibitors have registered to participate in the show which will be held at Yelahanka Air Force Station from February 20 to 24. Of the 66 exhibitors who have registered, 49 are Indian companies and 18 are from abroad. Airbus from France, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Limited from Israel, SAAB AB from Sweden, Boeing from the US are among major international defence and aerospace exhibitors. Companies from the UK, Italy, Belgium and Ukraine have also registered to participate as exhibitors in the air show. Organisers said that they expect close to 500 Indian and foreign companies to participate in the show. In the last edition of the airshow , exhibitors from 22 countries — with 213 companies and 234 domestic companies along with 500 official delegates from 46 countries — participated. The aircraft expected to participate in the show will be from six companies who have responded to the IAF’s request for information for 110 multi-role fighter jets. The IAF is looking to procure 110 multi-role fighter jets from these, six companies Boeing (F/A-18 Super Hornet), SAAB Aviation’s (Gripen), Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin ( F-16 Fighting Falcon) and Russia’s Mig-35.


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