14 February, 2017
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New Delhi (dpa) – One of the world’s biggest air shows began in Bangalore on Tuesday with nearly 550 defence and aerospace companies displaying their frontline aircraft and hardware to compete for lucrative contracts.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the Aero India 2017 at the Yelahanka air base in the southern city which featured aerobatic displays by combat jets, helicopters and jet trainers.
As many as 270 companies from India and 279 from abroad will participate in the five-day event that is expected to see over 200,000 business visitors.
India is expected to spend billions of dollars towards the modernisation of its aircraft and acquiring of fighter jets and helicopters in the coming years.
India’s shopping list includes 126 fighter jets, of which Delhi agreed to procure 36 Rafale jets from France’s Dassault Aviation at 8.7 billion dollars in a deal last year.
Major players at the show include Boeing and Lockheed Martin from the United States, Russia’s MiG Corp, Europe’s Airbus Industrie, Sweden’s Saab Gripen as well as Dassault.
The event opened a day before the Indian space agency makes a high-profile launch of 104 satellites, 101 foreign, from its space-port, also in southern India.
The Bangalore air show, a biennial event, is the world’s largest after the Paris and the Singapore air shows.
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