The Russian aerobatics team, which was to participate in air display at the ongoing five-day Aero India ending on Sunday, was denied permission to fly from Hindon for three days by the Home Ministry. The aerobatics team known as Russian Knights flying SU-27s finally landed here on Friday morning and performed the stunts.
Giving details about the delay, sources said here the permission to fly from Hindon near Delhi to Bangalore came on late Thursday after Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin talked to National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon. The planes flew from Hindon to Bangalore on Friday.
While reasons for denial permission by the Home Ministry to the Russian team were not known, sources said the aerobatic team left Russia and was struck in Krygzstan due to inclement weather en route and remained there for five days. The team finally landed in Hindon on Tuesday last, as the nine SU-27s part of the team needed minor maintenance and repairs, sources said.
As the Home Ministry clearance did not come to take part in the exhibition which started on Wednesday, the team had to stay put in Hindon for the next three days. Incidentally, the Red Bulls of Czech Republic and Sarang helicopter team are start attraction of the international exhibition besides the Russians as they perform breathtaking aerial stunts.
Saturday, 09 February 2013
The Pioneer, Rahul Datta | Bangalore
Photos: Russian Knights finally arrive at Aero India 2013 in Bangalore
Find more articles on: Aero India, Bangalore, Ilyushin, Russia, Russian Knights, Sukhoi, Yelahanka The long awaited Russian Knights aerobatic demonstration team finally arrived at Air Force Station Yelahanka, on the outskirts of Bangalore, at around 12:30pm today, the third day, of Aero India 2013.
The arrival of the Knights was delayed after a three-day delay that a member of the Russian delegation confirmed was caused “by delay in internal security clearance” at the Indian home ministry.
The usual bureaucratic tap-dance back and forth between the home ministry, defence ministry and Indian Air Force was going on for the last three days, forcing Russian ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin to request India's national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon to intervene.
After their landing, a spokesperson for the Russian Knights team confirmed the situation, saying
“We were held up in Delhi for legal issues raised by the government of India and we could come here only because of diplomatic intervention.”The Knights flew four passes over the runway before landing. The first pass was along with their IL-76 support aircraft, after which the five Su-27 fighters of the team flew three passes more passes.
Friday, February 08, 2013 by Devesh Agarwal