Aero India Exhibition was started in 1996 by the Ministry of Defence. Aero India is an event where, the latest products and technologies of the aviation industry are popularized and demonstrated, it helps the aviation and aerospace industry to promote and showcase their products and services. It is Asia's cardinal biennial air show held at Yelahanka Air Force base in Bangalore. The Aero India show comprises of displays and exhibits of military and civil aircrafts of key manufactures, vendors and suppliers. Multifarious aircrafts of Indian Air Force are also displayed.
Aero India Exhibition Chronicle
The last three editions revealed some of the most advanced technologies and aviation equipments.
The 4th edition:witnessed presence of 176 companies from 22 countries. The event was attended by about 50 delegations from the United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa visited Bangalore for the event. The French delegation was led by the Prime Minister of France, Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
The 5th edition: pulled a paramount crowd of 380 exhibitors belonging to world's leading industries. The show included a total of 80 aircraft including Fighter jets, Light Combat Aircraft, Advanced Light Helicopters, Intermediate Jet Trainers (AJTs), Maritime Surveillance Aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) displayed their flying skills and capability.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy also displayed their various aircraft. There were 32 official military delegations and over 250,000 people who attended this show.The major attractions were the leading fighter, advanced jet trainers and unmanned aerial vehicles from Russia, US, France, Britain, Israeli and India. There were flying performances and static exhibitions of the Russian MiG-29K,Su-30MKI and Il-78 tanker; the American F-15 E, C-130J Super Hercules and P-3C Orion aircraft; the French vintage Mirage 2000 and Falcon 2000; the British Hawk 100, Jaguar and Sea Harriers, and the Indian Dhruv (Advanced Light Helicopter) and Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). The event also included aerobatics performance by Sarang- the Indian Air Force's Advanced Light Helicopters. There were also views of Il-78 tanker and Mirage 2000 aircraft performing mid-air refueling and fighter trainers making formation in the clear blue sky.The 6th edition was yet again the centre of dazzling interest around the world and embraced visits by the myriad international delegations. The sizable attractions of the event were the astounding displays by the team of Indian Air Force and the helicopter formation display team. The attractions of the event were the MiG-35 and Lockheed-Martin F-16, as well as the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Indian industrialist Ratan Tata too took to skies in an F-16. There were also displays by the Surya Kiran and Sarang teams, the Surya Kiran team consists of nine Indian pilots, and displayed actions such as flying as close as 3-5 mts at high speeds and exhibited numnerous formations like the arrow, diamond the hearts. The Sarang team displays maneuvers of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
'Aero India 2009' aerospace exhibition will be organised in Bangalore, India in February 2009. This year, with the formulation of the partnership between FICCI and Farnborough International Ltd, the show will have extensive business focus.