Aero India 2019: homage to Sahil

What else is better than witnessing Aero India, the air show being held at the outskirts of Bengaluru is organised every two years. Even it is forty kilometres away from our house, we travelled all along to experience the magnificence of Aviation sector, The logo for Aero India 2019 – a triangle in the colours of the national flag – is inspired by the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.

This post is to pay homage to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi who lost his life after two Surya Kiran aircraft collided mid-air yesterday during the rehearsal. As a tribute to the martyred pilot, the Surya Kiran team decided not to participate in the 5-day show displaying India’s defence capabilities.

Badminton player PV Sindhu flew the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on Saturday, 23 February, at the ongoing Aero India air show in Bengaluru. Sindhu was the co-pilot of the Tejas aircraft.

Sindhu was the co-pilot of the Tejas aircraft

The expo observed Women’s Day, with a showcase of women’s achievements in the aerospace sector.
Tejas, a light combat multi-role single-engine aircraft, boasts of several features such as; multi-mode radar, glass cockpit, fly-by-wire flight control system, use of composite materials, lightweight, highly agile.

Tejas MK I gets Final Operational Clearance (FOC) at Aero India 2019! In a boost to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) defence preparedness, the homegrown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has been granted FOC.

Tejas MK I gets Final Operational Clearance (FOC) at Aero India 2019!

Tejas is an indigenous combat aircraft that has long been in the making and with the FOC, IAF will get much-needed firepower. Conceptualised by DRDO and manufactured by HAL, the Tejas aircraft is expected to plug the gap in IAF’s combat power.

IAF’s Surya Kiran team pays tribute to Sahil Gandhi
Days after an accident involving the two aircraft of the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team, which killed one pilot, the team took to the skies on Saturday – the fourth day of Aero India.

IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatic team fly in a ‘missing man’ formation.

The audience stood in silence as the team of seven aircraft flew in an arrow formation and a missing man formation to mourn their fallen pilot

Sarang display by helicopter aerobatic team of IAF

The ‘Sarang’, the helicopter aerobatic team of the Indian Air Force, perform during the Aero India show.

Ends its display with split manoeuvre after saluting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Scenic beauty of Sarang Helicopter over country’s flag
This followed by romantic song giving an Oh, wow !! expression among the crowd
could not click the image as totally mesmerized, so( copied)

French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during the inauguration of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019

The Rafale fighter jet is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft.

The Dassault Rafale (French pronunciation: ​ literally meaning “gust of wind”,[and “burst of fire” in a more military sense)[is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. The Rafale is referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault.

Dassault Rafale
The acknowledgement must be given to Security personals over a constant hour of duty

Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems would produce the F-21 in India,

“The new [F-21] designation highlights our commitment to delivering an advanced, scalable fighter aircraft to the IAF that also provides unrivalled industrial opportunities and accelerates closer India-US cooperation on advanced technologies.”

This unprecedented Make in India opportunity combines the strength of the world’s largest defence contractor with India’s premier industrial house to deliver a historic win-win for India and the US.


The US-based company has offered to move its lone production line of the latest version of fighter aircraft F-16 Block 70/72 to India from Texas to meet Indian and global requirement —with a condition: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has to choose the world’s largest-sold fighter aircraft for its fleet.

However, no decision for the aircraft suitable to meet the immediate needs of the IAF is expected to be taken in the next six months. The Block 70/72 F-16 that is proposed is nothing but the same Block 60 aircraft developed for the UAE air force.

Sources have confirmed that this is the same aircraft that participated in the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition to supply 126 multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and was rejected, along with Swedish SAAB ‘Gripen’ in 2011.

To be precise, the critical reasons for the failure of F-16 at the time was that there was no room for any improvements or growth in the aircraft. The F-16 in a new garb of F-21 being offered to India for the IAF has absolutely no growth potential.

Why not F-16s?

The F-16 is a 40-year-old airframe; all the upgrades that are possible are already done. There is no room for any more growth.F-16’s airframe is a third-generation design that has outlived its utility. It cannot measure up to even 4th generation aircraft any more, despite all the avionics upgrades. Its components, aggregates, fuel efficiency, life cycle costs, will all be in the 3rd generation.”

Today, modern fighter designs, whether single or twin-engine, have matured — enabled by high technologies such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis — such that these aircraft are highly manoeuvrable and have exceptional dogfight capabilities.

Aided by new technology radars and beyond visual range missiles, these aircraft are super fighters with exceptional dog fight or combat capability.

Best examples are Russian Su-30, Su-35, Lockheed Martin’s F-22 & F-35, French ‘Rafale’, and European ‘ Typhoon’, etc.

Much needed admiration and veneration to the mass who bear the pain of
scorching sunshine

Finally, 61 metal birds had participated in the air show. Followed by, an international round table conference of 13 global and 11 Indian CEOs of various defence firms are scheduled to meet. The CEO include that of General Atomic USA, SAFRAN France, SAAB Sweden, IAI Israel, Liebherr Germany, United Aircraft Corp. Russia, among others,

Floral decoration another gimmick of curiosity

As,the festival suggest “the runway to billion opportunity” enriched and enthralled our humanly experience and till now sound of flying aircraft is audible within us.

Sudden fire broke over Gate number 5,when we were at Gate 9 was another incident associated with it,would remain in our memory.

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