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Aero-India 2021 (virtual) for Sri Lankan Armed Forces

The Aero-India 2021 (Virtual) for Sri Lankan Armed Forces was held at Hotel Taj Samudra. Here, Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera and India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay on the occasion. 

Navigating through the pandemic year of 2020, India is taking the lead in organising an international platform for the world Aerospace and Defence leaders to exchange ideas and forge partnerships towards synergizing their efforts through Aero-India 2021, a biennial air show cum defence exhibition organised by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India was held from February 03-05, 2021 at Bengaluru.

Aero India is the largest air show in Asia which attracts a large number of exhibitors from the world’s leading industries in the field of Military and Civil Aviation, Aerospace, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering.

The show included both air displays and static exhibitions of a plethora of Military Platforms. Aero India has carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition with 12 successful editions organised since 1996 at Bengaluru. The previous edition of Aero-India in 2019 had witnessed participation from 60 countries with 600 Indian and 200 foreign companies propelling Indian Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat’. Today, the Indian Defence industry has a vibrant ecosystem and manufactures several aero platforms ranging from fighter aircraft like Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas), helicopters like Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv), Light Combat Helicopter, Light Utility Helicopter and Maritime Patrol Aircraft like DO-228. This showcases India’s potential to become a reliable supplier of defence equipment to many of its friendly nations, towards strengthening lndia’s strategic partnerships with an assurance of long term support.

India’s vision for Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR), as articulated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, essentially requires close cooperation and engagements amongst countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Thus, on the margins of Aero-India 2021, to gain from the presence of high level dignitaries and Ministers from friendly nations, the Chief of Air Staff, Indian Air Force hosted Air Conclave on February 3 while the Defence Minister of India hosted the IOR Defence Ministers’ Conclave on Thursday (February 4), the Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy hosting the IOR-Naval Seminar and the Director General Indian Coast Guard hosting IOR-Coast Guard Seminar yesterday (February 5).

The conclaves and seminars are initiatives to promote dialogue in an institutional and cooperative environment to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

As part of India’s unwavering commitment towards positively contributing towards Capability Building of Sri Lankan Armed Forces the event was organised through Hybrid mode by the Defence Wing, High Commission of India from February 03-05, 2021 at Hotel Taj Samudra. The event provided the participants of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces an opportunity to visualize Aero India (Virtual) 2021 through a virtual platform.

The virtual event was attended by political and military dignitaries and the attendees who were able to explore state of art equipment on display in the virtual exhibition. Further, the IOR conclaves and seminars, would valuably contribute in developing greater understanding about the common security concerns in the region.