Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Bengaluru: India showed power at Aero India 2017

This edition of Aero India has to its credit the first ever public display of Light Utility Helicopter LUH and the handing over by DRDO of the first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) aircraft, the Embraer ERJ-145, in the Initial Operational Clearance configuration to the Indian Air Force. "Many of the private sector projects like self-propelled gun, C-295 Airbus transporter aircraft and even single and twin-engine fighter jets are in an advanced stage of decision making", he said.

"Make in India" seems to be the focus of this year's Aero India.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday while welcoming the calm on the India-Pakistan border said New Delhi desired good ties with Islamabad and Beijing. Adding colours to the show, somersaults and daredevil stunts by the metal birds have left visitors spellbound.

Parrikar noted in his speech about the "emerging dynamism of defence manufacturing in India" and stressed the commitment of the present government in creating and enabling an environment that was necessary for domestic eco-system of defence-manufacturing in the country.

Showcasing some of the most innovative technology in the defence, aviation and security sectors, these cutting edge businesses will be forging long-lasting industrial partnerships and joint ventures with Indian companies.

The air display began with Mi-17 helicopters trooping in the Indian tricolour, Indian Air Force and Aero India flags.

Though the IAF has already signed an order to buy 75 Swiss-made Pilatus PC-7 for basic training of its rookie pilots, HAL has designed, developed the Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) to replace its HPT-32 Deepak trainers the air force phased out.

Wasp from Scandinavian Airshow aerobatic team perform on the second day of Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore.

Building on the success of the Hawk Mk132, which recently completed 100,000 flying hours with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, the new features of the Advanced Hawk enable training activities now performed on frontline fighter aircraft to be undertaken on the updated air platform.

Senior executives representing America's top defense companies, including Arconic, Telephonics, Raytheon, Honeywell, Harris Corporation and Textron Systems are part of USIBC's delegation, USIBC said in a statement here.

If the growth rate has to be sustained and taken forward, the country needs to innovate and invest, he said.

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