On Wednesday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru. The minister opened opportunities in aerospace manufacturing and local defence to global investors following the launch of the event here in Bengaluru.
The launch of the 12th edition of the biennial international military and civil expo and air show was followed by paying tributes to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who lost his life late Tuesday in a crash during the rehearsal.
“Aero India 2019 endeavours to put India as the global runway of a billion opportunities,” Ms Sitharaman said while addressing a gathering of a few thousand invitees at the event.
Local sources say that invites across the world were present at the event. These included heads of global defence aerospace companies, corporate and government policymakers, Ministers, military brass, entrepreneurs, delegates and exhibitors.
The other attendees of the show organised by the Ministry of Defence were Admiral Sunil Lanba, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa and General Bipin Rawat.
There have been reports that Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre, Union Ministers D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Suresh Prabhu, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Secretary-Defence Production Dr Ajay Kumar and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman Dr G. Satheesh Reddy were also present at the Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru.
During the launching ceremony of the airshow, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy highlighted Bengaluru’s contribution in design, research and production in aerospace and defence.
The Ministry of Defence in one of the statements mentioned that the Aero India 2019 organised in Bengaluru is the biggest so far, with 403 exhibitors and 61 aircraft in static or flying displays.