DALLAS – The 14th edition of Defense Expo, Aero India 2023, lifts off today in Bengaluru. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji inaugurated the airshow along with aviation, defense ministers, and other dignitaries present at the event. The theme of Aero India 2023 is “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities.”
Aero India 2023’s five-day events will feature nearly 811 companies from 98 countries. The event will feature indigenous aircraft, equipment, and aerospace technologies to forge coalitions with foreign visitors.
Largest Air Show in Asia
Aero India 2023 is considered Asia’s largest airshow and defense expo. It will witness more than 250 agreements worth 75,000 crores INR (US$10bn) expected to be signed between Indian and foreign entities.
This year’s event is the biggest to date. It is expected to have the participation of defense ministers of 32 countries, Air commanders of 29 countries, and CEOs of 75 global and national aerospace companies.
The event will feature contributions from giant manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Israel Aerospace Industries, Rolls Royce, Safran, HAL, BrahMos Aerospace, Army Aviation, HC Robotics, SAAB, Safran, Rolls Royce, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Forge Limited, and BHEL.
The Ministry of Defense of India said, “The event will showcase the rise of a robust and self-reliant ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ by depicting India’s growth in aerospace and defense capabilities.”
They added, “The emphasis will be on showcasing indigenous products and technologies and developing collaborations with foreign visitors, in line with the ‘Make in India, Make for the World’ concept for a secure and thriving future.”
“Aero India is an example of the expanding capabilities of India. The presence of around 100 nations here shows that the trust of the world in India has increased. More than 700 exhibitors from India and the world are participating. It has broken all the past records.”PM of India, Narendra Modi at Aero India 2023
Air India Mega Order Announcements Likely
TATA-owned Air India (AI) is likely to place a historical order with Airbus during the airshow. Some media reports say that they have confirmed the 250-plane order with Airbus. However, TATA and AI have yet to announce the orders officially.
If announced at Aero India 2023, it will be one of the single largest orders placed by a single airline. Stay tuned to Airways.
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Feature Image: Aero India 2023 liftoff in Bengaluru | Photo: Aero India official website.