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Aero India Opens

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The ninth edition of Aero India runs Feb. 6-10 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, near Bangalore, and the growth of the show follows the increasing importance of India as a civilian and military aviation market. Hundreds of exhibitors and a major static display will be featured in the show. Most major manufacturers will be represented and there will be a daily airshow featuring some top acts, including the Russian Knights demo team with their Su-27 jets. While there is worldwide participation at the event, which is one of the largest in Asia, the show is also a chance to show off some of India's indigenous aviation products.

For instance, India has embarked on a development project with Russia to build a fifth-generation fighter, and a mockup will be on display. India is building its own light attack aircraft called the Tejas and it's about to sign a deal with Dassault to license-build 126 Rafale fighters for the Indian air force. On the GA side, Mahindra Aerospace has continued to make progress with development of the turboprop GA-10 utility aircraft that it manufactures through GippsAero in Australia.

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