A breathtaking display of air power and brilliant aerobatics by fighter jets and helicopters on Wednesday the 18th of Feb enthralled the audience at the 10th Aero India show where famed international aerobatic teams left the crowd awestruck with their death-defying stunts.
First to hit the sky was a tiny Tiger Moth, the vintage aircraft that was once used as primary trainer aircraft for the Royal Air Force during World War II and was also the basic trainer aircraft in the IAF initially.
It was followed by India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas which pulled off some stunts.
Another Indian product that amazed all was the Light Combat Helicopter made by state-run HAL.
Its reverse flying, a feature uncommon for conventional helicopters, was much appreciated along with its manoeuvring skills.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who inagurated the show, was seen following the stunts of many aircraft closely. Mr.Modi said that “A nation with a strong defence industry will not only be more secure. It will also reap rich economic benefits,” said Modi at the 10th edition of the Aero India 2015, a trade fair for defence equipment here.
He also said the event can be a platform to launch India’s defence manufacturing sector. “It can boost investment, expand manufacturing, support enterprise, raise the technology level and increase economic growth in the country,”.
He said the defence industry in the government sector alone employ nearly 200,000 workers and thousands of engineers and scientists. Modi said the workforce not only produces an output of nearly $7 billion annually, but also supports a very large pool of small and medium enterprises.