Aero India 2019 culminates; Drone Olympics held

The 12th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Aero India 2019 culminated on February 24, 2019 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

For the first time, the 2019 edition of Aero India combined the defence and civil aviation segments into a holistic event with the co-involvement of the defence and civil aviation ministries. The 12th edition of Aero India intended to be a “Runway to a billion opportunities” and put India on the Global map.

Theme

The theme of 2019 Aero India exhibition is ‘The Runway to a Billion Opportunities’ that aims to bolster business in the international aviation sector and provide a platform to showcase India’s aeronautical advancements.

Key Highlights

More than 600 Indian Companies and 200 Foreign Companies participated and witnessed the largest Air show of Asia.

The total area of the show grew from 27,678 sq m to 28,398 sq m this year.

A total of 61 aircraft participated in the event, of which, 31 flew.

Several seminars were conducted by a host of agencies including Ministry of Civil Aviation, Skill Development Ministry, State Governments and Industrial Associations.

The air show saw a lot of activity from business point of view and witnessed several round table meets.

The Aero India 2019 had many firsts to its credit such as the ‘Drone Olympics’.

There was a specific theme for each day of the show.

Start-ups, technology and women were featured on each of the business days of Aero India 2019.

As many as 500 B2B meetings were held and 50 MoUs were signed.

Drone Olympics Competition held at Aero India 2019

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) made a spectacular entry at the Aero-India 2019 with the first ever ‘Drone Olympics' competition for UAV's held on February 21, 2019 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

The ‘Drone Olympics’ aims to encourage the UAV industry to connect with potential buyers and business partners in the country and also provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces to assess the capabilities of UAVs.

An overwhelming response was received for participation in the competition, both from companies and individuals. More than 120 applications were received, out of which 57 applicants were invited to participate.

The winners of competition were honoured with medals and cash prizes.

The winners of the competition will be invited to demonstrate the best of human machine interaction during Lockheed Martin’s Alpha Pilot Race in United States later in 2019.

ATL Drone Module – Get Set Fly!

During the award ceremony of the Drone Olympics Competition, the Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog launched the ‘ATL Drone Module – Get Set Fly!’.

Created in collaboration with the blooming drone industry in India, the ATL Drone Module aims to introduce the young minds of India to the technology and help them to identify and solve community issues using drones as a tool.

‘Make in India’ initiative

  • The Make in India initiative of the Government has provided the impetus for increased self-reliance in Defence and the potential for “Nose to tail production”.
  • The initiative has stressed on the need for instituting provisions for creating the ecosystem for utilisation and consolidation of design and manufacturing facilities to create a ‘robust supply chain system’.

  • It is under Make in India that Indian PSUs are manufacturing more than 4000 aircraft including LCA, LCH, ALH, C295 etc.
  • Over 10,000 MSMEs have made 80 percent of components, aggregates and assemblies of complex weapon systems and aircrafts.
  • Over 424 companies had obtained the licence for Defence production which was almost double the number in last four years.

Major initiatives and developments in Defence Sector

During the last four years, 150 contracts worth Rs 1,27,500 crore have been signed with Indian vendors for procurement of defence equipment for the Armed forces.

The Government had accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to 164 proposals worth Rs 2,79,950 Cr under ‘Buy and Make” categories only to the Indian vendors.

In respect of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), 40 percent of the production had been outsourced to the Private Sector and Government issued Reference for Proposals for the manufacture of seven identified types of ammunition in private sector.

The ‘Defence Investor cell’ was set up in January 2018 to enhance the ‘Ease of doing Business’ and over 350 industries had been facilitated till date.

• 34 projects relating to Army, Navy and Air Force had already been accorded ‘Approval in Principle’ under the ‘Make-II’ category.

The FDI policy had been revised and now foreign investments upto 49 percent are allowed through the automatic route and above 49 percent are allowed under Government route.

In last four years, six companies in Defence and Aerospace sectors had obtained government approval for FDI of Rs 237 crore while FDI of over Rs 200 crore had been received through the automatic route.

The iDEX scheme was launched on April 12, 2018 to create a network of Defence Innovation hubs throughout the country and to resolve Defence and Aerospace related issues.

The Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti was launched by the Ministry of Defence to create greater capacity development and encourage greater filing of patents in defence and aerospace sectors.

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