Members of the public watch Sarang helicopters perform manoeuvres during an aerial display on the fourth day of the 11th edition of 'Aero India', a biennial international aerospace and defence exhibition held at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru on February 17, 2017. (Photo Credit: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images).

Aero India, Asia’s largest military aviation show will be held from 20 to 24 February 2019, in India’s silicon valley, Bengaluru, the Indian government said on Saturday (08) in a release.

The announcement on the prestigious show has come days after speculation over media reports that the exhibition hosted by Bengaluru for over 20 years might be shifted out of the city and could be held in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh state where India is constructing a huge defence corridor.

“The government has decided to hold the Aero India 2019 edition in Bengaluru from 20-24 in February 2019. This five-day event will combine a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with public air shows,” said Indian Ministry of Defence in a release.

“Besides global leaders and big investors in the aerospace industry, the show will also see participation by think-tanks from across the world. It will provide a unique opportunity for exchange of information, ideas and new developments in the aviation industry,” the ministry added.

Besides giving a fillip to the domestic aviation industry it would further the cause of Make in India. The Department of Defence Production is committed to making this a successful and result oriented show, the ministry said.