'Aero India will not be a damp squib'

Published: 05th February 2013 09:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2013 09:52 AM   |  A+A-

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), officially came out in the open for the first time saying that the Aero India-2013 will not be a damp squib, following the big-ticket MMRCA deal.

Additional Director General (Media and Communication), MoD, Sitanshu Kar told Express on Monday that the air show’s success should not be judged by the number of planes participating.

“We are striving hard to make India the manufacturing hub of aerospace activities. And Bangalore will play a pivotal role in our mission. The fact that the exhibition area has increased from 75,000 sqm (2011) to 1,25,000 sqm this time itself shows its growing popularity,” Kar said. He said the offset clause in the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) will inspire aerospace firms in India to invest more in R&D. “Aero India will be one opportunity for all those who are in the business of aerospace and defence to share and exhibit their strengths,” Kar said.

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