tech2 News StaffFeb 14, 2017 14:00:25 IST
Bengaluru is gearing up for the 11th edition of Aero India 2017. Aero India is considered the largest airshow in Asia and will span over four days from 14 Feb to 18 Feb. Over 540 companies from aerospace and defence sector will be joining the Air Show.
The companies that will join the air show include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Airbus among others. The Air Show will see defence officials from Government of India in addition to other high ranking officials from 30 nations around the world.
The air show in Aero India 2017 is not the only event as the four day event listing includes a Global CEOs conclave on Aerospace and Defence manufacturing opportunities in Andhra Pradesh under 'Make in India'. One of the major goals of this edition is to promote 'Make in India' initiative for defence manufacturing. Defence Ministry will start the conclave with the welcome address along with address by P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Minister for Civil Aviation and Manohar Parrikar, Minister of Defence.
One thing to note is that participating in this event is not an easy affair for foreign companies, as they to have to shell out anywhere from Rs 42,000 to Rs 54,000 per square meter of space with Indian companies shelling anywhere from Rs 32,603 to Rs 41,918 for the same amount of space.
This is not limited to the use of space but extends to private terraces for the companies with better view of the airfield and sky as reported by Hindustan Times. The event is critical for countries as well as defence contractors as the top government officials and dignitaries are always on a lookout for better partnerships and deals for military or even civil aviation equipment for their country.
According to the small amount of details, Rafale, Gripen, F-16 and other home-made light combat aircrafts will hog the skylines as always. Defence ministry has expected that the crowd can reach more than two lakh when looking only at business visitors that are attending the airshow.
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