Bengaluru stares at the sky as PM Modi inaugurates Aero India 2023
On Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 14th edition of India’s largest aerospace and defence exhibition, Aero India. At the event, the Prime Minister bolstered the ‘Make in India‘ campaign and gave a fresh impetus to the domestic aviation sector.
The theme of Aero India 2023 is “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities“.
The five-day event will include aerial displays by aircraft and helicopters along with a large exhibition and trade fair for aerospace and defence companies.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari will lead the Gurukul formation during the flypast at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2023 in Bengaluru
As many as 809 exhibitors, including 110 foreign ones, had confirmed their participation at the show at Air Force Station Yelahanka, being positioned as a platform for ‘Make in India for the world’, defence officials said.
A premier exhibition in the global aviation industry, Aero India is held biennially in a total area of around 35,000 sqm, providing an opportunity for the industry to showcase its capabilities, products and services.
Defence Research and Development Organisation-developed Medium Altitude Long Endurance class unmanned aerial vehicle TAPAS-BH (Tactical Aerial Platform for Advanced Surveillance – Beyond Horizon) made its flying debut at Aero India.
Major exhibitors in Aero India 2023 include Airbus, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Israel Aerospace Industry, BrahMos Aerospace, Army Aviation, HC Robotics, SAAB, Safran, Rolls Royce, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Forge Limited, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and BEML Limited.
Addressing the curtain raiser program on February 12, The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh termed the record international participation as the reflection of not just India’s buyer-seller ties with different countries, but also their shared vision of global prosperity.
“Spanning five days, the event, on the theme ‘The runway to a billion opportunities’, will radiate the rise of a strong and self-reliant ‘New India‘ by displaying India’s growth in aerospace and defence capabilities… It will integrate domestic MSMEs and start-ups in global supply chain and attract foreign investments including the partnerships for co-development and co-production,” Singh added.
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Modi is well versed with aircrafts
After all he is a member of the mile high club