Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the 12th biennial edition of
International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition and declared the Aero India 2019
open 20 February 2019 amidst a lot of
fanfare at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru.
edition of Aero India, for the first time, combines the defence and civil
aviation segments into a holistic event with the co-involvement of the defence
and civil aviation ministries in the event.
More than 600 Indian Companies and 200 Foreign
Companies are participating and witnessing the largest Air show of Asia.
Inviting investors to capitalise on aerospace and other
sectors which can help manufacturing in India, the defence minister in her very
comprehensive inaugural speech said that
the show intends to put India on the global map, and metaphorically to be a
“Runway to a billion opportunities”. It evinces India’s extraordinary progress
and powers over the years in the sectors of civil and defence aviation adding
that this edition of Aero India intended and endeavoured to put India
on the Global map and intended metaphorically to be a “Runway to a billion
hailed the “Make in India” initiative of the Government that had provided the
impetus for increased self-reliance in Defence and said that the country now
had the potential for “Nose to tail production”.
She also hailed Indian PSUs for manufacturing
more than 4000 aircraft including LCA, LCH, ALH, C295 etc.
touched upon all significant facts related to Defence such as 10,000 MSMEs
which made 80% of components, Defence Investor Cell, FDI policy, the iDEX
scheme, Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’, setting up of two defence corridors one in
Uttar Pradesh and another in Tamil Nadu.
said, “With the policy initiatives and the procedural reforms, I am confident
that India will emerge as a key player in the global defence arena.
During the inauguration, Union Minister of Civil
Aviation, and Commerce & Industry, Suresh Prabhu announced “India will
purchase 2,300 new airplanes. We are coming up with the strategy to set up the
roadmap and ecosystem to improve the manufacturing destination in India.”
The Civil Aviation Minister said that “There are 103
airports and we want to build another 100 in coming years. We want to connect
remote areas of the country to air, investing 65 billion dollars. Under the
Udan, scheme, we launched a program to connect 235 new destinations.”
“India has introduced procedural reforms in defence
manufacturing. We have space for everyone including of DPSUs, private firms and
others. Aero India Show is a mega event that showcases India’s capabilities and
strength in aerospace,” said Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Dr Subhash
Bhamre at the inauguration of Aero India-2019.
inaugural address was followed by breath-taking spectacular aerobatic display
featuring Mi-17 V-5 helicopters, a solitary vintage Dakota, indigenousl helicopters including the LUH, ALH Mk III and
IV and LCH filled the skies with their jet wash. Following the fly past by the
indigenous Dornier 228 flanked by the Hawk-i and HTT-40, came the Sukhoi
flanked by LCA Tejas and Jaguar in the Missing man Formation as homage to Wg
Cdr Sahil Gandhi who lost his life in a fatal air collision during a practice
sortie of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team. This was followed by the fighters
thundering over the grandstand through the skies displaying a host of aerobatic
manoeuvres – the Su 30 MKI followed by indigenous Tejas LCA, the American F-16
Falcon and the French Rafale. A host of helicopters including the LUH, LCH, ALH
Mk-IV and the Sarang helicopter display team enthralled the spectators with
finale started with an air display by Airbus 330 Neo followed by a grand flyby
by the majestic B-52 Bombers of 1950 vintage.A total of 61 aircraft are
participating in the event out of which 31 are flying. The total area of the
show has grown from 27,678 sq m to 28,398 sq m this year.