Aero India 2019

Piotr Butowski uncovers the current status of indigenous Indian aviation programmes and international acquisitions during a visit to Aero India in late February

India’s MiG-21 Bison is an indigenous upgrade featuring a Russian slotted-array Kopyo radar to enable use of beyondvisual range air-to-air missiles, and a mix of French, Indian, Israeli and Russian systems.
All images by Piotr Butowski

JUDGING BY numbers, the Aero India exhibition is shrinking year by year. This year 414 companies from all over the world (including 247 from India) took part; 135 less than 2017, and 209 less than 2015. The number of participating aircraft was also smaller; fortunately, there were some noteworthy novelties among them.

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