AERO INDIA 2007 TO BE HELD IN BANGALORE IN FEB NEXT YEAR – US TO PARTICIPATE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A BIG WAY

F-16s and F-18s of the United States will be the major attractions of Aero India 2007. This was announced by Secretary Defence Production Shri KP Singh in a press conference here today. He said most of the finest contemporary aircraft of the world used for civilian and defence purpose will be showcased in the airshow. Shri Singh said this indicates the growing importance of the Aero India in the international arena.

The Sixth Edition of Aero India, the Biennial International Air-Show cum defence exhibition will be held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore from Feb 07 – 11, 2007. The event is being organised by the Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Farnborough International Limited (FIL) for the first time.

The significant feature of Aero India 2007 will be about 100 per cent increase in the participation by Indian firms. 148 Indian companies participated in the Aero India 2005 while this time 286 companies have confirmed their participation in Aero India 2007. Besides India, exhibitors from 40 countries including USA, Russia, Sweden, France, Israel, Italy, Germany, etc would be participating in Aero India 2007. More than 480 leading companies will showcase their aircraft and Aero Space products / equipment through air display, static display and exhibition attracting a large turnout of professionals and businessmen across the world.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be daily flying demonstration featuring some of the most advanced and sophisticated aircraft, which include F-16, F-18 Hornet, C-130J, P-3 Orion, CH-47, C-17 from USA, Grippen from Sweden, MiG-29M (02) from Russia and Falcon from France. Various Indian Aviation products and aircraft such as Intermediate Jet Trainer (HAL), HAL Dornier, Advanced Light Helicopter and advanced version of Cheetah helicopters such as Chetan and Cheetal would also be on display.

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