Bengaluru: The image of Hanuman affixed to the HLFD 42 fighter jet that was launched at the Bangalore International Air Show caused controversy, and the image was removed by HAL. The company has removed
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Aero India International Air Show organized by the Ministry of Defense yesterday in Bengaluru. Halls of 811 companies including 110 foreign companies manufacturing aircraft and defense logistics have been set up.
The HLFD 42 fighter jet known as the Super Sonic Trainer was launched at HAL’s arena. Hanuman’s photo was pasted on the tail of this plane. Next to it was written “Storm Coming” in English.
Some who saw this asked, ‘Why did Anuman paste the photo?’ They questioned the officials in the arena. Also, the photo was shared on social media with the question ‘Does HAL need a religious identity?’ They questioned. Following the controversy, HAL Company officials conducted an emergency consultation.
HAL Chairman and Managing Director Ananthakrishnan said, “We discussed the controversy regarding the HLFD 42 fighter jet. It was found inappropriate to place the image of Hanuman in it. So now we have removed that picture.”