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SOURCE: Bangalore Mirror

With just over 10 days left for the Aero India 2019 to start at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, the number of aircraft participating in the air show has gone up. The number of aircraft to participate in the show as on Sunday was 57.

While the aircraft and helicopters belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) top the list, among the foreign participants, France leads the way with eight aircraft expected to participate in the airshow. They are the Rafales, FALCON 2000S, and helicopters from the Airbus stable.

The US, which in the past editions of the air show has brought in various aircraft and helicopters for display, stands second with six aircraft confirming their presence so far. The American aircraft have registered in the name of the US Embassy in India and air assets from Boeing will be on flying and static display during the airshow which is to be held between February 20 and 24. Among the US aircraft, which have confirmed their presence, is F/A-18 Super Hornet. The F/A-18 Super Hornet is among the six aircraft which is competing for the IAF’s 110 multi-role fighter jet deal.

The IAF is looking to procure 110 multi-role fighter jets and six companies, Boeing (F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft), SAAB Aviation’s (Gripen aircraft), Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin ( F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft) Russia’s (MiG-35 aircraft) and Dassault Aviation (Rafale aircraft) also have responded to the RFI.

Aero India app
An official app for the Aero India 2019 has been launched. The app will enable users to see schedules and maps, connect with exhibitors, give feedback on public services at the venue amongst others. The official app is available on Android and iOS platforms.