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AERO India-2015
Feb 25, 2015

Bolstering Make in India theme in defence manufacturing—Aero India-2015—the 10th international edition of the aerospace and aviation exhibition held in Bengaluru from February 18-22. It also included sectors like defence manufacturing and airport infrastructure besides aerospace, defence and civil aviation.

 Key Features 

  • AERO India is one of the largest premium airshows in Asia. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the air show. 

  • The pre-eminence of the exposition has grown manifold since the inaugural exhibition in 1996.

  • Besides 54 ministerial and other high-level delegations from several countries attended the inaugural event, over 600 companies, including 295 Indian and 328 foreign companies also participated in the exhibition. 

  • With 64 companies, USA was the leading participant in the exhibition among the 33 other countries participating. 

  • Others who fielded more than 15 companies included France (58), UK (48), Russia (41), Israel (25) and Germany (17). 

  • Around 300 CEOs from Indian and foreign industries attended the event. 

  • Business-to-business (B2B) and round-table meetings of Indian companies with those of Israel, UK and Poland were also held at the event. 

  • Heads and senior representatives from the Indian Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces besides Service Chiefs from nine foreign countries attended the event. 

  • For the first time few states who want to be partners in defence production and are keen to set up defence-related industry and SEZz also participated in the exhibition. These include Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

  • A ‘Make in India’ Defence Manufacturing Investors Summit and Global CEOs Conference was chaired by Defence Minister for the first time during the air show. 

  • Representatives from leading Indian Defence Industries including TATA, Mahindra, L&T, Adani, Bharat Forge and Presidents’ of leading Indian Business Chambers (CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and PHD) also shareed their vision on defence manufacturing in India. 

  • Role of cyber security in defence, aerospace and civil aviation, public-private partnership, integrating Indian aerospace industry into a global supply chain, creation of infrastructure and enhancing regional-rural connectivity, empowering and incentivizing Indian MSMEs in defence and aerospace sectors, using defence offsets to create a vibrant domestic defence industrial base were among some of the topics featured at the CII, FICCI and PHD held airshow seminars. 

  • 72 aircraft participated in static and air displays, scintillating and enthralling displays by Indian Air Force Sarang Team, air display teams from Sweden, UK, Czech Republic and open sky jump by USA Special Forces were among the major attractions at Aero India-2015. 

  • Among the foreign military aircraft seen at the airshow included F-15C Eagle, Lockheed F-16C, Boeing KC-135, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, Boeing P-8A Posedon, Rafale Dassault and Emb-145 I. 

  • The foreign civil aircraft participation included PC-12 NG, Falcon 2000, Phenom 100E, Boeing B 75, Boeing A 75, Viking, Catwalk, WASP, RRJ 95, EMB 505, Bell 407 GX Helicopter, King Air 350 ER, 19-seater Turbo Prop AI Industry, Z Lin Z 50 LX, Oma Sud Sky Car, Falcon 7 X and Dornier 228-New Gen.


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