Bengaluru: Lord Hanuman’s image was back on the scale model of Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer (HLFT) on the last day of Aero India 2023 show on February 17 at Yelahanka air force station in Bengaluru.
On second day of Aero India 2023, the sticker was removed from the HLFT’s scale model after a public backlash.
State-owned plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is eveloping the HLFT-42.
The sticker was on the tail of the aircraft, along with the slogan ‘The Storm Is Coming’, on the inaugural day of the five-day airshow.
In response to a query, HAL Chairman & Managing Director CB Ananthakrishnan said that the intention of putting sticker was to show the power of the aircraft.
“There used to be an HAL aircraft called HF-24 Marut. HLFT-42 was derived from HF-24 Marut. There is nothing specific to derive from the image,” he said.
He added that the image was removed as the company thought that it is too premature to put any image on the aircraft tail.
“We had an internal discussion, and decided to remove the sticker,” he added.