Buzz around “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, Aero India takes off on Feb 3 amidst Covid
On Wednesday, Aero India 2021 takes off amidst COVID-19 in the country`s premier aerospace and defence exhibition. This has created a buzz around the “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” and “Make in India”.
“With a combination of both physical and virtual exhibition, the 13th edition of the biennial international event at Air Force Station Yelahanka will be the world’s first hybrid aerospace show”, officials said.
Only 3,000 visitors will be allowed in the exhibition and a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report is necessary to attend the event.
Companies are showcasing their capabilities, latest technologies, solutions, products and services at the show. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will exhibit its latest defence technologies and demonstrate many systems. 601 exhibitors- 523 Indian and 78 foreign and 14 countries have confirmed participation, they said.
“We will continue to support ‘Make-in-India’ policy and ‘Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Mission’ of the Indian government, to promote indigenous production, knowledge transfer and global industrial cooperation, to facilitate Indian export of high- end defence technology,” said Eli Hefets,
Corporate Regional Director, India, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
Alex Zino, Executive Vice President Business Development & Future Programmes (Defence), Rolls-Royce said:”We recognise that India`s defence requirements are evolving, making indigenous development of modern defence hardware and technology a top priority for the Indian government”.
“Aligned with the Indian government`s Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and the Make in India initiative, we look forward to participating in Aero India 2021 and reinforcing our commitment to supporting the growth of an indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem while continuing to deliver our best capabilities to support the Indian MoD and Services, said William (Bill) Blair, vice president and chief executive, Lockheed Martin India.
The attraction will be the flight display ‘Surya Kiran’ aircraft and ‘Sarang’ helicopters. Don Heflin, US Charged Affairs, will lead a high- level delegation of US Government officials and defence industry representatives to Aero India 2021.
A “B-1B Lancer heavy bomber”, of the 28thBomb Wing based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, will perform a “fly-by.”
“The ‘Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight’ consisting HAL products such as LCA trainer (LIFT Trainer), HTT-40, IJT, Advanced Hawk Mk 132 and Civil Do-228 will fly in a special formation showcasing the spectrum of trainers and signifying self-sufficiency in the trainer segment”, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited said.