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New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparations of the forthcoming Aero India during the apex committee meeting held on Tuesday. “During the meeting, the minister was given a detailed account of the arrangements for the 14th edition of Asia’s largest aero show- to be held in Bengaluru between 13-17 February, 2023," the Ministry of Defence said. Singh asked all the stakeholders to ensure fool-proof arrangements for the participants. He said that Aero India 2023 will not just be an event, but a display of the growing prowess of the defence and aerospace sector and the rise of a strong and self-reliant ‘New India’. The minister added that the Indian defence industry is going through a transformational phase and the active participation of the private sector is the biggest catalyst to that change. “Not just the private sector, but R&D establishments and academia are also working together with the Government. Aero India is a medium to provide a platform to all the stakeholders to jointly strengthen the defence & aerospace sector and contribute to Nation Building." Singh said that while Aero India is a business event, it also aims to strengthen India’s relations with other countries. “These events are important for the business ecosystem of the states in which they are organized as well as available opportunities." The five-day event, on the theme ‘The runway to a billion opportunities’, will be the largest-ever aero show organized at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in a total area of around 35,000 sqm. “As on date, 731 exhibitors have registered for the event. Defence Ministers’ Conclave, with the theme ‘Shared Prosperity Through Enhanced Engagement in Defence (SPEED)’, and a CEOs Roundtable are among the marquee events. The Manthan start-up event and Bandhan ceremony, which witnesses signing of MoUs, will also be part of the event, along with a fabulous air show on all the five days," the ministry added. It will showcase the paradigm shift the government has brought in the aim of organizing such events, that also include DefExpo. The events have been restructured with focus on increasing defence exports and forging partnerships rather than merely import of weapons/equipment, it said.

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