With India expected to spend close to $100 billion on defense, especially in upgrading its Air Force, over the next few years the eyes of the world’s defense manufacturing and sales sector is firmly on the Aero India show.
Vinayak Hedge headed down to Bangalore to have a look.
1. India hoping to be self-reliant
The entire event kicked off when the Defense Minister A. K. Antony continued tradition by officially ‘opening’ the event and attending the first set of 'demonstrations' - as the thrilling fly-bys and aerial stunts by various planes are collectively known.
In his opening address, the minister stressed on the need for self-reliance in India's defense sector.
Images: AgenciesImage: Members of The Flying Bulls aerobatics team from the Czech Republic fly in formation in their Zlin Z-50 aircraft during Aero India 2013 at the Yelahanka Air Force station in Bangalore on February 6, 2013. India, the world's leading importer of weaponry, opened one of Asia's biggest aviation trade shows on Wednesday with Western suppliers eyeing lucrative deals and a Chinese delegation attending for the first time.