On the first day of Asia’s greatest air show, a picture of Lord Hanuman with the phrase “The storm is coming” was displayed. On the vertical fin of the Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer (HLFT)-42, which was on display at the Aero India 2023 exhibition in Bengaluru, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on Tuesday erased the Lord Hanuman signage.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
On the first day of Asia’s greatest air show, which began on Monday, the image of Lord Hanuman with the phrase “The storm is coming” was visible. The image of Lord Hanuman was noticeably absent from the airplane, however, the tagline was still present.
According to a HAL representative who spoke to the news agency PTI, the tagline was taken from India’s first indigenous aircraft, the HF-24 Marut (which means wind), and there was nothing specifically to be taken from the image of Lord Hanuman.
CB Ananthakrishnan, Chairman and Managing Director
CB Ananthakrishnan, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of HAL, said that the development was “unintentional.”
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Speaking with the news reports, the HAL CMD stated, “It was not placed with any malicious intent, and it has not been withdrawn with any malicious intent; it was just there to ensure that the program would be effective.
With cutting-edge avionics like Active Electronically Scanned Array, Electronic Warfare Suite, Infrared Search, and Track, and Fly by the Wire control system, HLFT-42 is the “Next Gen Supersonic Trainer” that will play a “critical role” in training modern combat aircraft, according to a statement from HAL last week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the 14th iteration of Aviation India 2023, the largest aero exhibition in Asia, at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru.
The program will highlight several innovative technologies, including Air Defence Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Aerial and Ground Precise Guided Munitions, Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems, Land and Naval Solutions, Avionic Systems, Air and Missile Defence Systems, and more.
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