The ongoing tender for the selection of the future Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft for then Air Force is fuelling a fiery competition between the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. Competitors include, the U.S., an and , from and n representing the MiG corporation.
All contenders are expected here, with some of the competing fighters expected to take part in daily flight displays, promising a breathtaking show for spectators.is sending two fighters to airshow. For the first time.
is a strong contender for the and Dassault is bound to do its best to strengthen its position. Arriving at Bangalore, the s will meet their direct competitors – is flying two Italian Air Force s to attract the n eyes at this critical time. is sending three Gripen fighters while the U.S. will fly a F-16 and is sending to –launched on its international debut in 2007.
Of all special website ooffering Indian nationals to take the ‘Gripen Topguns Challenge’. According to Edvard de la Motte, campaign director, Gripen International India, the challenge filters the amateur beginners through a series of short quizzes. Those passing this level proceed to a higher tier, reserved for ‘professional grade’ players, required to test their skills in a Gripen flight simulator played on Microsoft flight simulator on PC, XBOX or PSP. The top five rated on the video game will proceed to ‘graduate’ on a real Gripen flight simulator at the airshow, only one ‘pilot’, the best of the best, will get to fly in a two-seat JAS 39 Gripen.contenders, Gripen was the most creative in generating pre-show buzz. The company has launched a
In contrast to selecting an unknown computer wiz,is betting on gaining mass media attention through the traditional ‘Celebrity Ride’ on its F-16. Past F-16 rides at Aero-India hosted Tata Industrial Group Chairman Ratan Tata in 2007, and Delhi-based journalist Abhinav Bindra, becoming the first Indian woman to fly the F-16 in 2009. is also likely to display the F/A-18E/F, – as the second U.S. contender for .