February 8, 2013

Indigenously - manufactured aircraft stole the show at Aero India 2013

Unlike the past few editions that were dominated by aircraft from nations vying for the medium multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, the opening session of this year saw the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, AWACS, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and the ZM-1 along with the vintage Tiger Moth perform some aerobatic stunts.
The much-maligned Tejas, which in the past has been bashed for its performance and inability to enter the service, put up a breathtaking display. Piloted by Grp Capt Suneet Krishna, the LCA a number of stunts to display its capabilities.
As for the foreign-made aircraft, Rafale, the winner of the $ 11 billion MMRCA deal showcased its might.
The F-16 Falcon which lost out the MMRCA deal was the only other contending aircraft which took part in the flying display.
Flying Bulls, the four-member team from Czech Republic performed their signature mirror flight, narrow flip and drunken man manoeuvre.
Not left behind was the Indian Air Force's Sarang display team, which also put up an impressive display. The Russian Knights team, that was to perform at the inaugural, could not do so as they are yet to arrive at the Air Force Station Yelahanka.
Despite all the excellent performances, the team that was missed by one and all was the Surya Kirans. The IAF’s nine-aircraft aerobatics team, which has left the Bangalore audience spellbound in the past editions of the air show with their signature manoeuvres such as Delta, Loops, Barrel Rolls and Bomb Burst, been disbanded.


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