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What Is Bhopal’s Upcoming Air Force Showdown All About?

Get ready for a breathtaking spectacle! The Indian Air Force is all set to light up the skies over Bhopal in an awe-inspiring airshow.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Sep 16, 2023 18:59 IST
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Rafale, Sukhoi jets (Photo Credit: ANI FIle)
Rafale, Sukhoi jets (Photo Credit: ANI FIle)

Bhopal: The skies of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, are all set to come alive as the Indian Air Force (IAF) prepares to showcase its impressive might. On September 30th, residents of Bhopal will be treated to an awe-inspiring spectacle over the expansive Bhojtal, featuring a stunning display of fighter aircraft, helicopters, and more.

Why Bhopal?

When asked why Bhopal was chosen as the venue to exhibit the IAF’s strength, Indian Air Force PRO Ashish Monge explained that much like Chandigarh’s Sukna Lake, Bhopal’s Bada Talab provides a picturesque backdrop visible to spectators from all around. The previous demonstration took place at Sukna Lake in Chandigarh, but this time, the spotlight shifts to Bhopal.

An impressive lineup awaits

Over 50 aircraft are expected to participate in the flypast, making it a historic event for Bhopal. The lineup includes formidable fighter aircraft such as Rafale and Sukhoi-30, along with Mirage-2000, Jaguar, LCA Tejas, Hawk, Chinook, Mi-17 V5, Chetak helicopters, and transport aircraft like C130, IL-78 and AN-32.

Thrilling aerobatics and special performances

The Indian Air Force has planned special programs for both adults and children. Spectators can look forward to breathtaking aerial displays by the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team, the Sarang Helicopter Display Team, and the Akash Ganga Team, promising an unforgettable experience.

Mark your calendar

The full dress rehearsal for this grand event is scheduled for September 28, while the main program will take place on September 30th. Distinguished guests, including Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal V.S. Chaudhary, are expected to grace the occasion.

Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh, the Defense spokesperson in Nagpur, emphasized that this event marks the first time Bhopal residents will witness the might of the Indian Air Force up close. The spectacular display is poised to ignite enthusiasm among the youth, encouraging them to aspire to join the ranks of the nation’s protectors as they become Agniveers.

First published on: Sep 16, 2023 06:59 PM IST

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