Friday, October 2, 2009

Showacse of mighty machines

Dasara could be the best opportunity for the defence forces to showacse their mighty machines. If the Indian Air Force (IAF) is flying over a dozen aircraft at the Dasara air show on Thursday, the Army is preparing to stage an impressive display of heavy artilleries and warfare machines.

There will be anti-aircraft gun, T-72 and BMP war tanks. More alluring could be prototype of Tejas, the light combat aircraft, pilot-less Nishanth, the surveillance aircraft, and Laksh, the pilotless target aircraft (PTA).

The anti-aircraft gun and T-72 tank will be taken in a Dasara procession on September 28 while others will be on display at Dasara exhibition grounds from Saturday. The exhibition is the second biggest draw after Jumboo Savari. Though the Dasara officials tried to get the armed forces contingent for the procession, it could not be accommodated since the caravan's movement is not timed.

"We are trying to introduce defence technologies, either indegeniously developed or available with us, to the people so that they understand the importance of service of the defence forces," former MLC G Madhusudana said on Wednesday.

The `Know your defence' exhibition will have the participation of ADE, DRDO and HAL. The ISRO and BEML, which provide useful technologies to man Indian borders, will also be there.

The DRDO is bringing in the missile technologies it has developed over the years, former MLC, who heads the armed forces committee, told reporters. "We tried to get the marching contingent but the Army conveyed to us that they should have their command at the Jumboo Savari," he stated.

Entry to the defence expo, held between 11 am and 4 pm, at the Dasara exhibition grounds is free. The Karnataka Exhibition Authority will not charge for the entry, Madhusudana explained. The expo is on till October 2.


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