Billed as Asia's premier event in the aviation sector, the five-day Aero India 2009, the international trade expo-cum-conference, will see the participation of all the global aerospace majors, who will showcase an array of fighter jets, helicopters, transport and civil aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles, along with a host of products and technologies.
"In the run-up, biggies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, MiG, Dassault, Saab, and BAE Systems have flown in their aircraft for flying and static display at the air show," Wing Commander M D Singh of the defence exhibition organisation said.
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) consortium has also brought in for the first time four of its Typhoon Eurofighters from the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) for the show. All the six global aerospace majors - Lockheed, Boeing, MiG, Dassault, Saab and EADS - have brought in their latest products.
These include the F-16, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the MiG-35D, the French Rafale, the Gripen and the Typhoon. The companies have their eye on the 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract to be on offer from the IAF, estimated to be worth about $10 billion.
"Vying with four Eurofighters will be F-16s, Falcons, Hornets, MiG-35, the Rafale and the Gripen, all offering assurances galore to bag the lucrative IAF deal, which will have spin-offs benefits to Indian aerospace firms too," Singh said.
Besides military aircraft, civil aircraft from Boeing, Airbus, Brazil's Embraer business jet, as well as multi-utility copters from Bell and Eurocopter have landed to explore the Indian market, despite the downturn in the aviation sector due to the global recession.
The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is not far behind with its fighter aircraft such as the Sukhoi-MKI30, the Hawk jet trainer, Jaguars, Mirages, MiGs and the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), the intermediate jet trainer (IJT) and its flagship product Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) for flying and static display.