Aero India to show nation’s defence manufacturing would possibly

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

Bengaluru, February 2

Yet another Aero India opens here tomorrow. This time, India aims to balance its role as a leader in the Indian Ocean Region and showcase its nascent military industry to friendly foreign countries.

Impetus to domestic manufacturing

The Ministry of Defence is relentlessly giving impetus to domestic manufacturing of defence equipment, not only to fulfil the demand of our armed forces but also to make India a net exporter of defence equipment and platforms to friendly countries. — Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister

A first: US bomber in Bengaluru

The US on Tuesday announced that its strategic long-range bomber, the B-1B Lancer, will do a ‘fly-by’ at the Aero India during the inaugural ceremony on February 3. It is the first time an American bomber has touched down in India. TNS

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made the thrust of the biannual show clear at a press conference here saying, “the Conclave of Defence Ministers of Indian Ocean Region would reinforce the relevance of the region and the event would provide an opportunity to discuss matters”.

In all, 28 countries have been invited, 18 will have physical participation and others will attend it ‘virtually’. “The conclave will cover strategic and non-strategic issues,” said a functionary. Iran is one of the invitees. The other aspect at the show will be the India-Russia military industry conference slated for February 3, and the Indian Air Force Chief will engage with air forces of friendly foreign countries. 

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