New Delhi, Jan.21 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony would inaugurate the Ninth Edition of Aero India on February 6 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bangalore.
Organised by Department of Defence Production this biennial event provides a significant platform for Indian and foreign vendors.
The five-day show aims at promoting products and services being offered by defence industry in the international market and providing exposure to the armed forces and research and development personnel to the latest in aviation and the aerospace industry.
While Aero India 2011 saw the participation of exhibitors from 29 countries with more than 675 companies and 47 overseas delegations accommodated over the gross exhibition area of 75,000 Sqm, the Ninth Edition is expected to see the participation of over 600 companies and 78 overseas delegations accommodated over an approximate area of 1,25,000 Sqm.
The largest overseas participation is seen from USA with 1,185 sqm of indoor space being occupied, followed by Israel and Russia.
Other major participants are France, UK, Germany and Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Ukraine, Australia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, UAE and Singapore.
The event would also see the participation of aerobatic teams - Flying Bulls from Czech Republic, Russian Knights-Russian Air Force Aerobatic Team and IAF's Sarang Aerobatic Team.
The first edition of Aero India was held in December 1996 with an objective to provide significant platform for business opportunities in the international aviation sector as well as to exhibit capabilities of Indian defences, research and development and production.
Being a biennial event, subsequent editions were held in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
While a modest 176 companies participating in the second edition of Aero India in 1998, the Ninth Edition iss expected to feature over 600 companies.
More than 78 official delegations are expected to attend the exhibition with many products expected to be launched by Indian and foreign companies during the exhibitions.
Several business to business meetings are planned to be held on the sidelines.
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the event manager of Aero India 2013. (ANI)