Many debuts at 11th edition of Aero India

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday (Feb 14) inaugurated the eleventh edition of Aero India 2017, the biennial air show in Bengaluru. Sometimes, I feel that its like when you load some program, it goes very fast to 95 per cent and the last 5 per cent takes more time.

Defence aviation and electronic public sector majors HAL and BEL will together contribute initially to the innovation and technology fund in the defence sector to promote start ups, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar today announced.

"We have an ecosystem for defence manufacturing, easily of doing business for global firms, a liberalised investment policy and norms to set up production units, joint ventures and research facilities across the country", he said as he inaugurated the 11th edition of the five-day biennial expo here. Export to third nation is an additional bonus (and) if someone wants to shift the facility from somewhere else or whether he sets up a new one-it is his choice.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajpathi Raju was also present at the inaugural event.

The UK institution is the only university with a stand at Asia's premier aerospace exhibition, which is held in Yelahanka, Bengaluru and is in its 11th year.

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It was followed by indigenously built HAL products comprising Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) flanked by Cheetal helicopter, Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).

Seventy-two aircraft, both on static and flying display, will be part of the show.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is pushing for the military to cut its dependence on foreign imports and insisting that even foreign manufacturers make their products in India in collaboration with an Indian partner. Among the fighter aircraft taking to the skies this time will be the American F-16, Swedish Gripen and French Rafale jets.

The US government delegation includes MaryKay Carlson, Chargé d'Affaires of the US Mission to India; Beth McCormick, Director for the Defence Technology Security Administration; Heidi H. Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force and others.