India Strategic Partnership on display at Aero India 2017

15 February, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • A stunning view of Dassault Rafale

BENGALURU, India Feb 14 India will open a second production line for its light combat aircraft, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday, pressing ahead with a home-grown plane the military has had doubts over for years.

Defence aviation and electronic public sector majors HAL and BEL will together contribute initially to the innovation and technology fund in the defence sector to promote start ups, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar today announced. "I am not concerned", Parrikar said at a press conference on the sidelines of "Aero India 2017".

"Additional initiatives, including policy changes are underway to boost indigenous defence production".

"The UK and India have much to offer one another in defence: from manufacturing collaboration and simplified export controls, to military cooperation, training and research partnerships". We are the fastest growing market for passengers.

To make Aero India 2017 more attractive, the defence and civil aviation sectors have been combined for this year's edition, the defence minister said. Pakistan is also eyeing the Chinese stealth fighter Shenyang J-31, which could tip the scales in the favour of the Pakistan Air Force vis-à-vis the Indian Air Force, which hosts the Aero India shows at the Air Force Station Yelahanka.

Seventy-two aircraft, both on static and flying display, will be part of the show. These countries will showcase a total of 70 Aircraft's.

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Besides the LCA, HAL also develops a light combat helicopter and a light utility helicopter for the Indian defence forces. "No reasons why we should keep fighting with them", Parrikar said.

Betting big on 'Make in India, ' Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had formally kicked off the last air show.

The Yakovlev aerobatic team, the Skycats, the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team and the Sarang helicopter display team also presented a scintillating performance.

With the Indian government's new focus on boosting home-grown defence companies, we are likely to see an increase in the number of private players in the defence and aviation sectors in the coming years.

With no more orders for the F-16 from the Pentagon, Lockheed had planned to use its Fort Worth, Texas plant to produce the fifth generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that the US Air Force is transitioning to.

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