Thursday, February 9, 2023

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Reviews Aero India 2023

By Staff Correspondent

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparations of the forthcoming Aero India during the apex committee meeting held in New Delhi on January 24, 2023. The Defence Minister was given a detailed account of the arrangements of the 14th edition of Asia’s largest aero show, which will be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka, between 13-17 February 2023. 

Rajnath Singh exhorted all the stakeholders to ensure foolproof arrangements for the participants. He said Aero India 2023 will not just be an event but a display of the growing prowess of the defence & aerospace sector and the rise of a strong & self-reliant ‘New India’.

The five-day event, on the theme ‘The runway to a billion opportunities’, will be the largest-ever aero show organised at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in a total area of around 35,000 sqm. 

As of date, 731 exhibitors have registered for the event. Defence Ministers’ Conclave, with the theme ‘Shared Prosperity Through Enhanced Engagement in Defence (SPEED)’, and a CEOs Roundtable are among the marquee events. The Manthan start-up event and Bandhan ceremony, which witnesses the signing of MoUs, will also be part of the event, along with a fabulous air show on all five days. It will showcase the paradigm shift the Government has brought in the aim of organising such events, which also include DefExpo. The events have been restructured with a focus on increasing defence exports and forging partnerships rather than merely import of weapons/equipment.

The Defence Minister pointed out that the Indian defence industry is going through a transformational phase and the active participation of the private sector is the most significant catalyst to that change. “Not just the private sector, but R&D establishments and academia are also working together with the Government. Aero India is a medium to provide a platform to all the stakeholders to jointly strengthen the defence & aerospace sector and contribute to Nation Building,” he added.

Rajnath Singh emphasised that while Aero India is a business event, it also aims to strengthen India’s relations with other countries. He also underlined the importance of these events for the business ecosystem of the states in which they are organised as well as available opportunities.

The Defence Minister commended Bengaluru for successfully organising several editions of AeroIndia, saying that the event shapes Karnataka as an epicentre of the aviation and aerospace industry. 

He described Karnataka as one of the leading states contributing to the country’s economic growth. “The state is known for its skilled human resources and robust defence manufacturing ecosystem. It is a preferred centre for manufacturing and R&D activities for domestic & multinational defence and aviation companies,” he said. Rajnath Singh noted the excellent coordination among the officials of MoD and the Karnataka Government to make the event a grand success.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and state government officials joined the meeting through video conferencing. In contrast, Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and other senior officials of Ministry of Defence attended the meeting physically.

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