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POWER OF DESIGN: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the LCA's engine displayed at Aero India 2011 on Thursday at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bangalore. — PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.
POWER OF DESIGN: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the LCA's engine displayed at Aero India 2011 on Thursday at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bangalore. — PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

For the aviation buffs interested in the core of the aircraft, the HAL pavilion has something more to offer — the engines that provide raw power to fighters and the helicopters.

The F414 GE engine that gets the India's Light Combat Aircraft going, and the Shakti engine, which powers the Advanced Light Helicopters and Light Combat Helicopters, manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) are there along with other engines, providing an insight into the state-of-the-art aircraft engine technology.

Fascinated visitors

Honeywell's F125 Turbofan engine along with other engines displayed at the stall drew fascinated visitors, who wanted to check out these technologies.

Also drawing admiring exclamations were a large number of miniature display aircraft.

HAL has displayed Cessna, Dhruv-ALH, Dornier, Sukhoi, LCA, Jaguar and LCH miniature versions as well as a mock-up light utility helicopter. Similarly, the Boeing and Embraer are displaying their various models at their stalls.

Close encounters

One aircraft outside the stall, which attracted everyone, was the Typhoon. Visitors are being allowed to see the cockpit and what better photo op than this? Apart from the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Indian Air Force has stationed some of its aircraft, affording a closer glimpse. People were thrilled to get to be near the Tejas, Hawk, Sukhoi 30 MKI, Mirage 2000 and IAF's latest acquisition, the Hercules 130J.

The PSU major Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) has displayed its Rohini Radar, Akash Airforce launcher and the weapon-locating radar among others.

Aero India offers plenty of photo ops too

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