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In a first: Surya Kirans, Sarangs to mount an integrated show | India News


BENGALURU: In what will be a complicated flight envelope to plan and execute, two of the elite aerobatic squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF): Surya Kiran, flying in the fixed-wing Hawks and Sarang, in the rotary wing ALH (advanced light helicopter). ) – will present an integrated show for the first time in this Aero India.
“So far, the two teams have only performed individually and this is the first time that there will be a display made up of both,” Air Commodore Shailender Sood, Air Commanding Officer (AOC), Yelahanka Air Force Station, said at Friday.
Aero India is scheduled for February 3-5, reduced to a three-day event from the five days due to the pandemic.
Public visitors will be restricted to the ADVA (air show display area) and tickets will not be sold for the exhibition area which will be strictly for business visitors.
The number of visitors in the exhibition area has been limited to 15,000, while only 3,000 will be allowed in ADVA. However, organizers could not immediately explain whether these numbers are for the three days or daily.
Reiterating what Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had said earlier, Sood said: “This will be the first air show in the world to take place in the middle of the pandemic, and it will be the first hybrid air show (physical and virtual),” he said. .
The show will be held simultaneously as a physical and a virtual exhibition with booths in both the physical and virtual realms, which will result in greater engagement and exhibitors will experience a greater reach for those who were unable to physically join the event.
Attendees who joined the event could virtually participate in seminars, interact with exhibitors and representatives, hold B2B meetings, and could also view product details and supporting videos.
Sood added that all Covid-19 measures are in effect, based on guidelines prepared by the state government’s technical advisory committee (TAC).
All participants and the public are mandated to carry a valid Covid-19 negative certificate.
Chinook, Apaches Likely?
To date, more than 540 exhibitors, including 78 foreigners, have confirmed their participation in the fair, while 14 countries, including the US, UK and France, will send delegations.
There will also be 143 virtual exhibitors.
Sood confirmed that at least 41 Indian aircraft will participate in the inaugural flight. The LCA Tejas and Rafale will be the most prominent among fixed-wing aircraft other than the Su-30, while a large number of helicopters including the LUH (light utility helicopter) will fly.
Sood said modalities are being worked out to see if the Chinook and Apache platforms can also fly.
In addition, there will be 63 static display aircraft, including some civil aircraft.
“There are also going to be foreign planes, but that is dynamic and very fluid at the moment. We will be able to confirm the exact details by the end of the month, ”he said.
At least 11 foreign planes had shown interest, Sood said, quickly adding that there was no final confirmation.

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