Remarks: The Aero India 2013 Show-Opener Demo was performed by three Indian Army Dhruvs simulating a Jeep (Gypsy) & Commando drop in a Combat Zone. You can see all the the other 2 Dhruv's in the background carrying the Commandos.
Remarks: The Rudra (named after the Hindu god of Storms) is a weaponized version of the Dhruv helicopter. Powered by the same Shakti engine as the Dhruv, the Rudra carries a swing 20mm French Nexter gun, air-to-air (MBDA Mistral) and air-to-ground (mostly NAG missiles) short range missiles and a Belgian 70mm rocket system. The Rudra is also equipped with SAAB supplied Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) with Electronic Warfare self-protection, fully integrated into the glass cockpit. Rudra was formally handed over to the Indian Army during Aero India 2013. Also, an issue that has plagued events held in India can be seen just behind the Rudra - stray dogs. Another notable event to face issues with stray dogs is the Budhh International Expressway which hosts the Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Remarks: This pic is dedicated to the Indian Army, which celebrated Vijay Diwas with a wonderful show at Shivaji Park, Mumbai! Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is commemorated every 16 December in India as it marks its military victory during the Indo-Pak War of 1971! Seen here is the Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, a utility helicopter developed and manufactured by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Dhruv was first announced in November 1984. The ALH was designed with assistance from MBB in Germany. The Dhruv first flew in 1992.
Remarks: The Army version of the Dhruv (the Pole Star in Sanskrit) on static display at Aero India 2011 in camouflague colours. For some reason, the strobe light is on, despite this aircraft being on static display