DEFENCE EVENTS

Military aircraft from Germany, UK, US, Poland to display their might at BIAS 2017

The 9th edition of the Bucharest International Air Show (BIAS) 2017, the biggest air show in Romania, will be staged on Saturday at the Aurel Vlaicu International Airport to showcase military aircraft operated by pilots from Germany, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, the UK and the US.

“The demonstrations to be given by Romanian military pilots will include flying IAR-330 Puma and IAR-316 Alouette helicopters, transport aircraft C-27J Spartan, C-130 Hercules, aircraft IAR-99 Soim as well as flight training aircraft IAK-52. Also operated will be aircraft MiG-21 LanceR and F-16 Fighting Falcon for solo flights that will test the skills of pilots and aircraft alike, and also as part of air policing exercises,” the Defence Ministry (MApN) reported on Thursday in a press statement.

Displayed in a static show will be MiG-21 LanceR, IAR-99 Soim, C-27J Spartan, a TPS-79R low/medium-altitude surveillance radar, along with a launching system for HAWK surface-to-air missiles.

Also presented will be the educational offerings of the Romanian Air Force.

Pilots from the air forces of Germany, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, the UK and the US, will take part both in the static show and in the demoes.

Two F-15 Eagle aircraft of the US National Guard will be displayed in the static exhibition, alongside a Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Greek Air Force, a Typhoon and a Tornado aircraft of Germany’s Air Force as well as a Typhoon of the UK Royal Air Force.

The demonstrations two F-16 Fighting Falcons and one MiG-29 Fulcrum of the Polish Air Force jointly with an F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Turkish Air Forces and one JAS-39C Gripen of Hungary’s Air Force.

Also showcased will be a Boeing E-3A Sentry AWACS under NATO command. As its name says, the aircraft is part of NATO’s airborne early warning and control system manned by multinational personnel, including Romanian troops.

This year’s edition of the Bucharest International Air Show is devoted to F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft having joined the Romanian Air Force fleet.

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