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Shortly after the media briefing by HAL officials, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat and scientific advisor to Government of India Prof Vijay Raghavan also flew the aircraft.
The formal declaration of FOC of the aircraft was made by the Secretary Defence R&D and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation, G Satheesh Reddy.
Eric Trappier said they chose Reliance as he wanted to be in charge of the industrial process in the company that manufactures parts of the French aircraft in India.
As the jets were in full flow as it roared into the skies at the Yelahanka air base, they also paid tributes to the Surya Kiran aircraft pilot killed in a mishap during rehearsal on Tuesday.
Eyeing a multi-billion dollar military order, American defence giant Lockheed Martin unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter jet for India which will be produced locally.
The aviation giant, however, clarified that India was yet to float a request for information or proposal for the new aircraft.
The three aircraft formation of Tejas, Jaguar and Su-30 flew past with an empty space for the leader signifying the departure of their comrade.
Aero India 2019: France envoy rejects corruption charges in Rafale deal, says aircraft will likely join IAF in six months
The fighter jet is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, which security analysts believe can be a 'game-changer' for India's defence system.
Yelahanka Air Force Station, which is all set to host Aero India 2019, will turn into a fortress till Sunday.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said there cannot be a judicial inquiry into such mishappenings.
India has also said it will ensure complete isolation of Pakistan internationally for its support to terror groups.
Major Akshay’s family has a proud tradition of serving in the armed forces.
The officers said that the guarantee doesn't come as the process of inter-government agreements with countries like Russia and the US are already "streamlined".
As per contract signed in September 2015 with M/s Boeing, USA, 15 Chinook double rotor helicopters worth Rs 8000 crore will be delivered to the Indian Air Force.
The CH-47F (I) Chinooks will be ferried to Chandigarh, where they will be formally inducted into the IAF later this year, said a Boeing news release.