Spotted at Aero India 2017: Manohar Parrikar, Anil Ambani and IAF chief


At Aero India Asia’s largest air show, the VVIPs visited scores of stands at the Yelahanka air force station near Bengaluru. They wanted a glimpse of the wares and technologies on offer.

Aero India, ended in Bengaluru last week. It was focused on the Make in India plan to transform the country into a global manufacturing hub.

Here are the VIPs spotted where by HT:

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar

After inaugurating the show, the defence minister spent time understanding the capabilities of India’s first indigenously developed airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system, mounted on a Brazilian Embraer-145 jet. He also went inside the Netra AEW&C system, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. HT spotted him at the Bharat Dynamics Limited stand where he was briefed on missile technologies, including the long-range surface to air missile, developed jointly with Israel.

Industrialist Anil Ambani

He flew on a Rafale fighter jet at the air show and pulled off 6G (experiencing six times the force of gravity) during his 35-minute sortie. Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, has forged a joint venture with Ambani’s Reliance Defence for carrying out its offset obligations bundled with the Rafale deal. Asked to sum up his fighter flight experience, Ambani said it was fascinating and he wanted to fly many more times. He was spotted interacting with top executives at the BAE Systems chalet. Read More…

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