Chennai Defense Expo 2018


While most of the time we roam around in forests, we always take the opportunity to explore the other end as well. When we heard that there is going to be an defence expo in Chennai after a decade we decided to go right away . When the day came we anticipated huge crowds and traffic at the place. 

And like we anticipated it was major chaos. We faced heavy traffic as many decided to come as families and the roads were blocked by arrays of cars. We being pre-planners , took our two wheeler to face the traffic. Frankly we were doing more stunt shows on the road to reach the place than the pilots ! It was a no rules game on the road. Finally we reached the place but the show had already started. We dropped the vehicle on a pavement in some road and then pushed our way through the crowd and found a spot just in time for the aerial show.

Indian Airforce helicopter stunt crew , Sarang , was in full display with fly pasts and dives.

Boeing AH64 was also in display. Nicknamed the Apache it is one of the most advanced attack helicopters in the world. Though it was not with its full arsenal , it was still a major attraction. The US imported helicopter is the premiere attack power that India uses but it is also sold to Pakistan which shows how the world defence market works.

A Su-30MKI , HAL Tejas and Dassault Mirage 2000

The three important fighter planes of India. A Su-30MKI , HAL Tejas and Dassault Mirage 2000

 

The flight team is named Sarang (Peacock in Sanskrit) and is a symbolic representation of the national bird of India.

 

The Indian army demonstrated the search and rescue aspect of the warfare. Dropping down from a helicopter and picking up people and again climbing up the rope was done infront of the cheering crowd.

 

sarang team - Indian air force

The Sarang team of the Indian Airforce was the major highlight of the show with their acrobatics. Their flights frequently criss crossed making us wonder about the amazing control these pilots had.

 

chennai defence expo tank

Inbetween all the aerial show there was activity on the ground too in the form of tanks. The tanks showed their versatility in moving around the beach terrain.

 

BAE Systems Hawk

The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. India has more than 100 of these and they are used for training new pilots.

 

Booeing AH64

Boeing AH64 leaving a smoke trail. The patterns in the smoke shows how the air is twisted to get the lift and thrust that keeps the helicopter afloat.

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