Groups of Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, especially pilots visiting the eighth edition of Aero India show at Yelahanka Air Station, took time off on Thursday to understand the fighter jets that have come here.

For, they could be flying one of them in the near future as these jets are in the race for the India's quest for Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).

Lockheed Martin's F-16IN Super Viper, Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoons, SAAB's Gripen and Dassault's Rafale, all of which are participating in the MMRCA tender.

The pilots spent considerable time understanding the state-of-the art avionics and the next generation cockpit of the Super Hornet. The Chief Test Pilot of Super Hornet, Ricardo Traven, a former Canadian Air Force pilot, was seen briefing the pilots, in groups while some of them also entered the cockpits to get a feel of it. Similarly, personnel of air forces from many countries were also seen enquiring the technology, while many were taking photographs for posterity.

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