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Aero India 2015: What to expect this time?

With Aero India 2015 kicking off this week, many are wondering what is in store for this edition on “Asia’s Premier Airshow”. Here’s the rundown of what to expect out of this year’s airshow.

Six Aerobatic display teams

This edition of Aero India will see six aerobatic teams display their flying prowess. The displays will include the Scandinavian Air Show Team (Sweeden), The Yakovlevs (UK), The Breitling Wingwalkers (UK), The Flying Bulls (Czech Republic), US Special Forces Jump Team (USA) and as always the Sarang Helicopter display team (India).

Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate the show

While the airshow has traditionally been inaugurated by the defense minister, this edition of Aero India will get an upgrade in the form of PM Modi. The PM will arrive at Yelahanka Airforce station at 9 AM on the 18th of February (Wednesday). Security will be very tight with the Special Protection Group (SPG) believed to be taking over the air force station from today.

Indian Air force Displays

We expect the all the key assets of the Indian Air force to make an appearance at Aero India. The fighters will include the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Mikoyan Mig-29, Dassault Mirage 2000, HAL Tejas (LCA), BAE Hawk and the Sepecat Jaguar*.

IAF Helicopters to look out for will be the Mil Mi-8, Mil Mi-17, HAL Dhruv (ALH), HAL Rudra, HAL Light Combat Helicopter, HAL Chetak and the Mil Mi-35*.

Other IAF aircraft we expect to see are the Tiger Moth, Pilatus PC-7*, Lockheed C-130J, Boeing C-17, Dornier Do-228, HAL HS 748 and the Ilyushin IL-76.

Other aircraft on Display

The show will also have the following aircraft on display in either the static or flying displays.
1. USAF – Boeing KC135
2. USAF – Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
3. USAF – McDonnell Douglas F-15E
4. USAF – Lockheed Martin F-16D
5. French AF – Dassault Rafale
6. Airbus A400M*
7. Embraer EMB-145i AEW&C
8. NAL Hansa III
9. NLR Rutan LongEZ
10. Bell Textron*
11. US Navy – Boeing P-8A Poseidon
* – indicates aircraft we believe have landed at the air force station or will participate at the show, but have not yet received confirmation.

Aside from the aircraft above, we expect to see business jets from Embraer, Cessna and Beechcraft.

We will update this list as we get any other information, so please check back for the latest information.

Read our Photographer’s guide and check-list to Aero India

About Vedant Agarwal

A frequent flyer for both work and pleasure - Vedant has held elite status on many of the major alliances and airlines. Also an avid aviation photographer, his pictures have been published in and on the covers of many international publications.

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