Prime Minister Narendra Modi may inaugurate Aero India - 2015 in Bengaluru next month.Scheduled to be held between February 18 and 22, the biennial air show, organised by the Defence Ministry, is generally inaugurated by the incumbent defence ministers. This time, however, it would be different as Prime Minister Modi is expected to kickstart the air show, sources said.
With more than 750 companies participating, Modi is likely to make a strong pitch for his “Make in India” campaign in Bengaluru to boost defence manufacturing. The Defence Ministry is modifying the defence procurement procedure (PPP) to make it more industry-friendly. Soon after coming to power, the NDA government freed a large number of defence products from the need to obtain an industrial licence.
Subsequently, the “make” option of the DPP that seeks to promote research and development in the industry with government support and the placement of orders (if R&D is successful), is also being revised to make it more attractive for the private sector.
While five aerobatic teams, including the Flying Bulls Czech Republic, and IAF’s Sarang, will display their skills at the show, Rafale fighter jets from France and indigenous LCA Tejas are expected to set the Bangalore sky on fire.