The ninth edition of Aero India 2013 was held in Bangalore, India, recently. Speaking at the event, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony said that in view of immense opportunities available in the aerospace industry, the revised Defence Procurement Policy of 2010 has provided for more public-private partnership model to the industry. He appealed to all stakeholders of defence industry to take advantage of this policy initiative and develop world-class products and technologies so as to make India a hub in the entire sub-continent.
After the Brahmos success story, India and Russia are working together for the development of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). Talking to reporters, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the chief of air staff (CAS), IAF, said that India would receive three prototype FGFA aircraft from Russia between 2015 and 2018. He said the design phase of the aircraft is over and the R&D phase would begin soon. He also expressed hope that the much awaited MMRCA contract would be signed by mid-2013.
More than 600 companies and 78 overseas delegations participated in this biennial event. The aim of the event was to promote products and services offered by Indian defence industry in the international market and provide exposure to the Armed Forces, R&D personnel to the latest technology available in the aviation and aerospace industry. Spread over an area of 1,25,000 sqm (approx), this year the largest overseas participation was from USA followed by Israel and Russia. The major attraction of the event were aerobatic teams – Flying Bulls from Czech Republic, Russian Knights-Russian Air Force Aerobatic Team (who arrived late) and IAF’s Sarang Aerobatic Team.
Organised by Department of Defence Production, MoD, and managed by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the five-day event showcased the latest international technology in the fields of military and civil aircraft, radars, UAVs, avionics and subsystems in defence and aerospace sector.
The 10th Aero India will be held at Bangalore from 18-22 February 2015.
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