Aero India 2015: Day 2

Our correspondent Mohit M. Rao gave us a minute-by-minute update of the second day from Aero India 2015 event in Bengaluru.

Updated - November 28, 2021 07:40 am IST

Published - February 19, 2015 10:40 am IST - Bengaluru

12.55 pm: Aircraft manufacturer, HAL's Chairman, T. Suvarna Raju said, "This is a special year. We are celebrating 75 years of existence and seven decades of 'Making in India'".

12.50 pm: N. Chandrababu Naidu says, Bengaluru Airport is just 50 kms from Andhra Pradesh border. "Come set up industry in Andhra Pradesh and use the ecosystem of Bengaluru Airport."

Naidu openly expressed his ambitious plan of housing 11 airports in Andhra Pradesh. Six additional ones added to the five already existing.

12.40 pm: N. Chandrababu Naidu: No comments on Chief Minister Siddharamaih's statement that Hero Motors is having problems with setting up factory in Chittor and may come back to Karnataka.

12.35 pm: Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu speaking to audience now and pitching for investment in Andhra Pradesh.

"We have a land bank of 40,000 hectares. We can start industry immediately with different clusters in different districts. We should be among the top three states in India by 2022," he says.

12.25 pm: Sukhoi programme chief, Vitaly Borodvich says only six technology kits remaining to deliver to HAL for overhaul of su Mki 30. Will be done by this year.

Says "automated deployment of ejection seat have issues" - which IAF has said caused at least three crashes - was done by human error. "We know it is human error and not a problem with our machine," he said.

12.00 pm: Kalyani Group announces joint venture Rafael Defence System. Read more on the details >here .

11.20 am: Scene from the Tarmac

11.10 am: HAL's Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) on display.

10.55 am: HAL's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) on display.

10.40 am: Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, seen with family at the Aero India show.

10.35 am: Ratan Tata arrives at the Aero India event. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu expected.

10.30 am: A bigger crowd is seen today, compared to yesterday at the Aero India show.

10.20 am: The second day of Aero India 2015 in Yelahanka, Bengaluru began with the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, releasing the commemorative stamp for Aero India Show. This is the first time since 2003.

"It's been an excellent show. It has doubled since the last edition and it will grow further. I feel proud seeing the displays by HAL products: Tejas and Dhruv," the Defence Minister said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the Aero India 2015 air show and exhibition on Wednesday morning at the Air Force Station Yelahanka. Defence Ministers or officials of equivalent ranks of six countries — the USA, Russia, Israel and Germany among them — were present.

The Indian military planes and helicopters include, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, the Sukhoi-30 MkI medium fighter and the newly-purchased Pilatus basic trainer from the IAF and HAL stables. A highly expectant Dassault of France has brought in three Rafale fighters: this plane is shortlisted to be bought for the IAF.

Here are a few glimpse of the aircrafts that were part of day one of the >Aero India 2015 . Photos by: Bhagya Prakash K.

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