Amid the COVID-19 pandemic with buzz around “AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” and “Make in India” push, the 13th edition of Aero India International Air Show has been started in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
With a combination of physical and virtual exhibits, this edition of the biennial international event at Air Force Station Yelahanka will be the world’s first hybrid aerospace exhibition, authorities said.
The defence minister of India, Rajnath Singh was present at the inauguration of the three-day event which will be held until February 5, 2021, at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. He wrote on Twitter, “I believe Aero India 2021 will boost investment, expand manufacturing ecosystem, support enterprises, appreciate and enhance the technology levels and propel the economic growth for the country.”
The Main Attractions Of Aero India 2021?
- One of the main attractions during will be flight display by ‘Surya Kiran’ aircraft and ‘Sarang’ helicopters.
- Russia’s state-run Rostec will display its K-16 and K-17 Boomerang armored personnel vehicles (APC).
- Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport will also display a model of the Prima anti-stealth radar at Aero India 2021. As per a report, “The P-18-2 Prima high-mobility 2D surveillance and acquisition radar was developed and manufactured by PJSC NITEL and PJSC NPO Almaz. The solid-state radar is based on modern hardware components and digital signal processing and generation technology. The radar is designed to detect, track, locate and identify air targets of various classes and types as friend or foe in both jamming and clutter environments, take the bearing of jammers, and feed radar data to users’ automated command-and-control systems.”
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- Don Heflin, U.S. Charg d’Affaires, will lead a high- level delegation of U.S. Government officials and defence industry representatives to Aero India 2021.
- Another main highlight of the Aero India show this year would be a B-1B Lancer heavy bomber, of the 28thBomb Wing based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, which will perform a “fly-by.”
- Bengaluru-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited would showcase Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight. 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, it said.
- A life-size export model of Russia’s first stealth fighter, the Su-57, will also be on display at this year’s edition of Aero India.
- Aero India 2021 will also see participation by think-tanks from different parts of the world.
“The Aero India 21 will display the vast potential of India, and the multifarious opportunities that our country offers in the field of defence and aerospace sector. It also promises to be the World’s First Ever Hybrid Aero and Defence exhibition“, he informed.
The Aerospace & Defence sector in India has come a long way. Its private and public sector industries in this sector are at the forefront of developing state of the art technologies, said the RMO India.
Also Remember, that to attend the three-day event, one must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report (dated January 31, 9 am or later). Each day, only 3,000 visitors will be allowed at the flight display venue in view of the pandemic.
(With Inputs – PTI)