The competition for the Medium-Multi-Role-Combat-Aircraft(MMRCA), the successor of the venerable MiG-21, was the main point of this year's Aero India. Apart from the Russian MiG-35 all remaining contenders, the Dassault Rafale, Lockheed F-16, Boeing F/A-18F, Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen were present at Yelahanka and participated in the daily flight displays as well as conducting passenger flights during the lunch break as well as in the evening hours.
Boeing used Aero India to reveal its "International Roadmap" modifications of the Super Hornet airframe to the public for the first time using mock-ups of CFTs, the weapons pod and sensors on a real aircraft. Apart from that Ricardo Traven presented the well-known flight display:
Lockheed showed of four "Fighting Falcons". Two came from the US Pacific Air Force F-16 Demonstration Team and flew in from Misawa, Japan. The presented the F-16 in the air.
The other two F-16F were F-16F Block 60 "Super Falcons" of the UAE Air Force and used to promote the future F-16IN, also wearing stickers due to this occasion. These aircraft also flew daily with several people in the backseat.
Two Eurofighter Typhoon were this time brought to India by the Italian AF to India, with the It AF demo pilot pulling off a spirited routine:
Three Swedish Gripen were parked on the other side of the airfield and did it equally to the other contenders: flying in the display program as well as performing incentive rides.
The two Rafales were especially interesting, as they belonged to the EC3/30 "Lorraine", based at BA 104 Al Dhafra in the UAE and also wearing these markings. Of course the marvellous blue sky also literally the elegant shape of these aircraft in a good light.
- Category: 2011
- Published: 15 February 2011
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