India wants good ties with Pakistan, China: Manohar Parrikar

Feb 15, 2017, 00:27
India wants good ties with Pakistan, China: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, inaugurating the 11th edition of the two-yearly air show and exhibition, reiterated the government's policy and financial support to spur Indian defence capabilities in design, development and manufacturing.

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. "Increasing production on a particular IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) product can generate a lot of business for the private sector", adds Parrikar. "If a company wants to shift his facility from anywhere else it is his choice whether he sets up a new one".

This edition of Aero India, for the first time, combined the defence and civil aviation segments into a holistic event with the co-involvement of the Defence and Civil Aviation Ministries in the event.

The air display began with Mi-17 helicopters trooping in the Indian tricolour, Indian Air Force and Aero India flags.

Raju, speaking at the occasion, highlighted that India was the fastest growing aviation sector in passenger terms in the world and held tremendous potential to graduate from the present position of being ninth in the world to being the third largest by 2022.

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A French Rafale fighter aircraft from Dassault Aviation built for the India Air Force performs maneuvers during an aerial display over the skies of Yelahanka Air Force Station during Aero India 2017 in Bangalore on February 14, 2017.

Parrikar also unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Pavilion.

Parrikar said that India would need a total of 1,000 aircraft in the next 10-15 years. "No reasons why we should keep fighting with them". The Yakovlev aerobatic team, the Skycats, the Surya Kiran aerobatics team returning to the show in Hawk AJTs, and the Sarang helicopter display team are providing the stunt thrills.

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. He said the make in India programme had resulted in Defence Research and Development Organisation rolling out almost 20 products in the last couple of years.

The Tejas fighter entered service last year, 33 years after it was approved as the country sought to build a modern fighter from scratch for an air force that was entirely dependent on foreign - mostly Soviet-origin - aircraft.