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AeroIndia 2009: Super Hornet, MiG-35, Dreamliner join the show news
09 February 2009

The latest to join the air parade at Yelahanka near Bangalore for Aero India 2009 is Boeing's F/A-18F Super Hornet. The Boeing Integrated Defence Systems (IDS) will be on display in the combat-proven Super Hornet strike fighter. It will conduct daily aerial demonstrations with a full weapons payload during the show.

The Super Hornet, which has won laurels in 'Operation Iraqi Freedom', is a contender for the 126 Multi-Medium Role Combat Aircraft (MMRC) which the Indian Air Force plans to acquire. The Russian MiG-35 will also make its presence felt at the show with daily demonstrations. Russia's Rosoboron Export has said the MiG-35 will show its best features.

"The two companies confirmed their participation only recently. Initially it was thought they would not be taking part. It is only the French Rafale which is missing among the MMRC bidders. But there can be a last-minute confirmation," said sources.

On the commercial aeroplane side too, a number of aircraft will be on display. The Boeing exhibit will feature large-scale models of the company's commercial aeroplanes, as well as interactive displays featuring a wide range of products and services. Included are the much-delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the popular 777 family, the 747-8 passenger and freighter series, and the best-selling 'next-generation' 737 family.

Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce will present a powerful array of new engine technologies at Aero India 2009, including the Adour Mk871 engine, which incorporates some of the latest civil and military technologies, to power the Indian Air Force's new fleet of Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) aircraft.

The RTM322 helicopter engine has been selected to power over 85 percent of NH90 customers and approximately 60 per cent of the EH101 helicopter operators. There are strong opportunities for the RTM322 in the Indian market for maritime surveillance and military tactical transport requirements.

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AeroIndia 2009: Super Hornet, MiG-35, Dreamliner join the show