Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday flew down to Bangalore to inaugurate the 10th edition of the Aero India 2015, where he pitched for modernisation of India’s defence forces and increased war preparedness.
Describing Aero India as the “largest ever”, Modi said it was a “mega meeting” of one of the largest global supply chains with the most advanced technology and complex equipment.
Asia’s Premier Air Show, the event organised by the defence ministry at Yelahanka, near Bangalore displaying more than 100 civilian and military aircraft.
Among this year’s display are: F-16, Hornet F/A-18E, MiG-29, MiG-35, Eurofighter EADS, Rafale from France, Super Hornet, India’s Su-30MKI, Russia’s MIG35 and AN12, C-17Globemaster 3, Chinook, Apache, MK-132 Typhoon, Globemaster C-13 heavy lift, CJ-135 Hercules transport, Boeing P-8I maritime aircraft, Light Combat Helicopter, Advanced Light Helicopter, Russian Su-30, Jaguar, and other commercial airplanes such as the 787 Dreamliner, B-777 and B-737.
In all, 295 Indian and 29 international companies from 78 countries will display their latest aircraft and spectacular flight maneuvers by Indian and overseas pilots are the major attraction.
However, the ordinary people (Aam Aadmi) cannot see the exhibits during the first three days, 9th-11th February as it is restricted to VIPs and business visitor, besides the defence and government personnel.
For the general public, tickets are available at Forum, Garuda, and Mantri Malls and State Bank of India branches at ADE, Electronic City, Indiranagar, Jayanagar 2nd Block, JP Nagar, Koramangala, MG Rd, Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, RT Nagar, Whitefield, and Yelahanka New Town in Bangalore.
The ordinary public are reminded by the authorities that food and water, bags, etc are not permitted inside the Air Show premises. Food and water should be bought only from the stalls installed and the organisers caution the visitors that outside stall are closed during the event.
To get an entry, ordinary public should have a valid photo ID and go through security checks. The show organisers advised attendees to wear business dress or uniform to differentiate themselves from the ordinary visitors, in a typical promotion of VIP culture and mindset.
Another typical warning came from the organisers that any disruptive behavior or falsifying / withholding registration information may be cause for refusal of entry and unauthorized entry like gate-crashing may lead to prosecution.
The Aero Show is, however, a biennial event that is organised by the defence ministry but it has been more for private aircraft buyers and sellers than being a public aviation event held in many European countries. Often, it is seen as an extension of the Republic day parade with Air Force chipped in more than the ordinary public.
During the 2007 Show rehearsals, a Sarang helicopter crashed and the co-pilot was killed in the incident and in the same show one HAL HJT-36 skidded off the runway when a tyre burst after the pilot aborted take-off as its canopy inadvertently opened up.