India will be among top nations in aerospace, says RM Rajnath Singh

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Raksha Mantri  Rajnath Singh has reaffirmed India’s resolve to be among the top five countries of the world in Aerospace and Defence manufacturing saying the 13th edition of the Aero India-21 will be symbolic of India’s will to be a leader amongst leaders. “Aatmanirbhar Bharat is the centrepiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and that India’s Aerospace and Defence sector has matured and is continuously exploring mutually beneficial partnerships with friendly countries to set up industries in India for Indian manufactured defence equipment for India and for the World. The RM  was speaking after reviewing the planning of Aero India-21  to be held from 3 – 7 February 2021 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The Aero India 21 website will be a contactless interface for the massive aero show. It will host and stream all online services and serve both visitors and exhibitors queries. The event conforms to current International Guidelines for Exhibitions and that the event is planned to be a Business focused exhibition. The public, which is usually enthralled with the visuals of the Air Display and will witness this year’s edition in Virtual mode to make way for the Safe in-person interactions between global A&D Businesses so as to forge partnerships in the new year. The event has witnessed tremendous interest with the space being sold out and 500+ registered Exhibitors. In view of the challenges due to COVID-19, Raksha Mantri directed that the event be held for Business days only viz 03-05 February 2021 with the essence being to achieve traction for the Aerospace and Defence industry which has faced numerous challenges in the year 2020 due to lockdown and embargo/restrictions on travel. Production is also formulated the draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020) during the pandemic period of 2020. Raksha Mantri urged that the Indian missions be impressed upon to coordinate the efforts for the event and impress upon the Leadership and Industry captains of the Foreign countries to participate in Aero India-21 at a senior level so as to dive deep into the strategic and business opportunities available in India. The Defence Minister expressed confidence that Aero India-21 will demonstrate India’s ability to take the lead and further build on our strengths in the post COVID world. Picture courtesy :HT

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