Here are some select photos I posted in another forum.
Mods, feel free to edit post if it takes up too much bandwidth
Aero India 2005
, a five-day international aerospace and defence exposition, will started Feb 9 at the Yelahanka Indian Air Force (IAF) base,
One of the largest air shows in Asia hosted by the fourth-largest flying air force in the world, the fifth edition of Aero India will see global
aerospace and aviation firms at full throttle to showcase their aircraft, hi-tech products and technologies for lucrative deals and collaborative
ventures with their Indian counterparts.
About 325 leading aerospace and aviation firms, including 100 from India, and high-level delegations from 45 countries are participating in the
This year's show is especially spectactular for military enthusiests for three reasons:
The first, the world is India's oyster when it comes to defense purchases and cooperation. The scale of any Indian purchase makes for incredibly
heated competition for companies.
Secondly, Indian defense industry has really come of age in a big way this last year: in aviation alone with HAL Dhruv helicopter, Sitara IJT
(Intermediate Jet Trainer), Indian built Su-30MKIs being inducted, and a whole host of indigenous upgrades and souping up of its entire fleet.
AeroIndia 2005 is where India will show off her defense prowess.
Thirdly, what also has come of age is the civvie Indian defense enthusiast, who actually rented a stall in Aero India, and who have sent squads of
aviation photographers to document every trivial bit of triva about the Indian airforce on display. This makes for some stunning photographs of some
of the worlds most unique advanced aircraft and technologies.
This thread shows the first photos from the preparation for and the first & second days of Aero India 2005. Many more photos will come out in the next
coming days, and I'll bring them to you.
^ Two USAF F-15 Eagles and a KC135 Tanker arrived for the Static display for the Aero India Airshow, undertook the oppurtinity for an impromptu flyby
display before landing at the airfield.
^ The Indian built Su-30MKI Mk3 hovers over a ground crewman like a Bird of Prey
^ Two Doriner Do-228 and an An-32 Sutlej fly in the Small Boy formation during the Inaguration day flypast
^ A sight to behold! A Tupolev 142 Albatross of the Indian Navy carries out a flyby after taking off from Arakonam
^ Sukhoi 30 MKI SB-035 is another of the No.30 Squadron's aircraft at display
^ HAL Chetan in an interesting scheme. The Chetan is a new helicopter in the HAL Chetak airfame. Re-engined with the high-power engine, and
state-of-the-art avionics, composites and digital displays from the India's HAL Dhruv ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter), the Chetak recently set
several high-altitude flight, operating and rescure records, some broken the next week by the Dhruv itself. All of the IAF's 300 Chetaks will be
upgraded to Chetans
^ An IAF BAe Canberra getting moved to its static display. Only two of the utterly beautiful (imho
) and much loved Canberras are still in active
service with the IAF, performing ELINT duties, their bombing role supplanted by multi-role attack aircraft
^ Like the Chetan upgrade for the Chetak, the Cheetal seen above is a re-engine of the venerable Cheeta helicopter with the Dhruv's M333 engine. All
light and medium helicopters of the IAF are being standardized to the engine
^ Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)'s Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). The IJT was an offshoot of the LCA program
^ IAF Mirage 2000 on the static display
^ A HAL Dhruv of the Sarang team in flight
^ The Tejas LCA flyby
^ The Kamov 31 AEW helicopter of the Indian Navy during the airshow
^ Sukhoi-30MKI of the No.30 Squadron Rhinos takes off for a flying display
^ The Sukhoi-30 from the Rhinos does a breakway from the crowd
^ HALs civvie Dhruv ALH does a power run
^ Another Sarang pic
There are some nice news photographs I can post as well
[edit on 11-2-2005 by rajkhalsa2004]
Edited: photos TOO LARGE. Code changed to direct link.
[edit on 8-4-2005 by Seekerof]