Hosted by the Ministry of Defence every two years, Aero India is set to return to Bengaluru this February with its 13th edition, and we have our calendars marked! By Sushmita Srivastav

Ever since it was hosted for the first time in 1996, Aero India has been rising to fame globally with every passing year, leading to become Asia’s largest and world’s second largest air show. Now, the ultimate aviation show is back with its 13th edition at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru from February 20 to 24 this year.

This time, the show will include a fascinating aerospace exhibition, holding demonstrations of plane models and audio-visual presentations by 22 countries and over 400 companies, and a breathtaking series of air displays by fighter jets. While the exhibition will entertain only business and defence officials for the first three days, it will open its gates to common public for the final two days.

However, the aeronautical displays—featuring over 70 aircrafts including light combat aircrafts, helicopters, fighters and unmanned aerial vehicles to name a few which will perform mid-air tricks while leaving trails of coloured smoke across the sky—will be open for all. This will take place twice daily, from 10 am to noon, and then 2 pm to 5 pm. Also, France is expected to have the strongest foreign showing with 49 exhibiting companies, representing in all the sector—civil and military aerospace, defence and space.

The much-talked about event is held by the Defence Ministry of India every two years. More than 60,000 business guests, and 1,00,000 general visitors attended Aero India 2017.

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