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Asia's biggest air show off to flying start in Bangalore

Published: 06th February 2013 01:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2013 01:41 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Kicking off Asia's biggest aerospace exposition here, Defence Minister A K Antony today said the focus of the country is achieving self reliance in the defence sector.

Aero India 2013 showcases the latest international technology in military and civil aircraft, avionics and sub-systems, as well as radars in the defence and aerospace sectors.

"Self reliance in defence area is our focus area," said Antony in his inaugural address at the biennial event at Yelahanka Airbase here.

"We want to create a strong defence industrial base in the country," he said at the event witnessed by a galaxy of officials, industry delegates, exhibitors and representatives from India and abroad.

He stated that India has put in place a road-map in the form of defence production policy and is encouraging the country's public and private sector industries to become active partners in such endeavours.

"There are big opportunities for major international aerospace companies to enter into new alliances and forge partnerships with Indian industry and set up bases in India", Antony said.

Aero India 2013 will project India's emergence as a fast-growing and an attractive market, as well as a key outsourcing hub for global aerospace firms, he added.

With the airshow integral to the ceremony, the display began with three Mi-8 helicopters trooping the tricolour, IAF ensign and the Aero India flag just before the event.

A scintillating display of LCA Tejas flown by Gp Capt S Krishna was applauded by all.

The Tiger Moth aircraft resurrected recently as part of the IAF vintage flight flew for the first time in Aero India 2013.

The 'de Havilland DH82 'Tiger Moth' is a two-seat, single bay biplane powered by a 145 hp GYPSY MAJOR four cylinder inverted air-cooled engine.It was the primary trainer aircraft for Royal Air Force during the Second World War and was also the basic trainer aircraft in the IAF right from 1940.

"Flying Bulls", considered one of the world's leading aerobatic display team from the Czech Republic, performed at the air show, enthralling the audience.

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, Defence Production Secretary R K Mathur, Defence (R&D) Secretary V K Saraswat and FICCI Chief Naina Lal Kidwai were among those present at the inaugural ceremony.

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