Saturday, March 28, 2009

Special Guest at Aero India 2009

The Aero India International air show 2009 had some special guests apart from the the defense chiefs.

Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor inspects the static venue of the air crafts and also takes keen interest in the Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems display counter while taking a feel of the Helicoat simulator and the Spike-MR (Gill) with range of 2,500m, Spike-LR with 4,000m range. Spike is anti-armour weapons. The weapons are lightweight fire-and-forget anti-tank missiles and use electro-optical and fiber-optic technologies. The systems are used by infantry soldiers, special rapid reaction forces, ground forces and helicopter aircrew.

Defense Minister A K Anthony and MOS Pallam Raju, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall F H Major along with other senior officials of the Defense ministry at the inaugural function of the Aero show 2009 in Bangalore (left) as he along with Rahul Dravid look at some of the manuvers of the Sarang Helicopter team (right).

Admiral Sureesh Mehta interacts with some of the officials of the Russian Mikoyan the builders of the MIG-35 at the display stall in the Aero India 2009.

Tamil Film actor Ajit was there to have a close look at the static display. He spend more than five hours being escorted by the HAL employees. He claimed that he was a very personal visit and that's why he was sporting a moustache along with the beard so that he will be able to hide his identity. Anyway after speaking to for a few moments and requesting him if I could take some pictures of himself freeze framing the Iron eagles on display he obliged and wanted me to picture him with the Sukoi static display plane and mail it to him. After framing him into my Canon-EOS D50, he handed me over his Nikon with a 80-200mm ED lens mounted to shot his pictures. With my pictures taken I parted ways with him and started to concentrate on the air show again.

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