Ten days after a newly designed Aero India 2019 website was launched for registration of exhibitors and visitors, about 66 exhibitors have registered to participate in the show which will be held at Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bangalore from February 20 to 24. 

Of the 66 exhibitors who have registered, 49 are Indian companies and 18 are from abroad. Airbus from France, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Limited from Israel, SAAB AB from Sweden, Boeing from the US are among major international defence and aerospace exhibitors.Companies from the UK, Italy, Belgium and Ukraine have also registered to participate as exhibitors in the air show. Organisers said that they expect close to 500 Indian and foreign companies to participate in the show

In the last edition of the airshow , exhibitors from 22 countries — with 213 companies and 234 domestic companies along with 500 official delegates from 46 countries — participated. 

The aircraft expected to participate in the show will be from six companies who have responded to the IAF’s request for information for 110 multi-role fighter jets. The IAF is looking to procure 110 multi-role fighter jets from these, six companies Boeing (F/A-18 Super Hornet), SAAB Aviation’s (Gripen), Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin ( F-16 Fighting Falcon) and Russia’s Mig-35.

A couple of months ago there were reports that the five-day Aero India show which has been held in Bangalore since 1993 will move out, possibly to Lucknow. However, ending months of speculation, the Ministry of Defence announced that the government had decided to hold the Aero India 2019 in Bangalore.

There will be a new logo for the 2019 edition of Aero India. According to organisers, the logo for Aero India 2019 is inspired by the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. The Tejas LCA, together with its variants, is the smallest and lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class. The tri-coloured silhouette of the Tejas LCA with the Ashok Chakra in the centre is the core motif of this logo, reminiscent of the spirit of New India. The defined outlines of the ‘A’ in Aero is symbolic of a fighter jet while conveying that Aero India is a premier global aerospace exhibition.