Exhibitors at Aero India increase from 540 to 600 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The number of exhibitors registered to showcase their products and technologies at Aero India 2021 jumped to 600 as of January 30 from 540 on January 22. That of virtual exhibitors went up to 214.
“Given the extraordinary circumstances, firms were allowed to register up to the month-end. Usually, registrations are closed a month before the show kicks off, but because of Covid-19, we understand that many companies had to overcome several challenges before deciding on participation,” a senior official said.
However, the number of foreign companies has remained stagnant at 78. It was 165 in the 2019 edition of the biennial show. That said, as TOI reported last week, multiple big foreign firms have committed participation and claimed they want to further their presence in the country.
Boeing India president Salil Gupte, said on January 28: “India’s aerospace industry is persevering though the global pandemic has brought significant challenges. The nation’s fundamental growth drivers remain resilient, making India an attractive business destination globally, and Boeing is committed to the advancement of India’s aerospace industry. We’re excited about the potential for partnership and look forward to the dialogue with our customers, partners and industry at the show.”
Boeing’s exhibit at Aero India, themed “Building The Future Together”, will focus on its partnerships with India’s armed forces and will highlight the strategic investments the company has made to develop India’s indigenous aerospace and defence ecosystem.
The firm will showcase a range of advanced capabilities, including the F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet, F-15EX (the most advanced version fighter from the F-15 family), Apache and Chinook among others.
BAE Systems India managing director Ravi Nirgudkar said: “BAE Systems is proud to take a lead role at Aero India and our participation endorses our place as a founding partner of defence manufacturing in India and as a key supporter of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India in the defence sector.”
The BAE Systems stand will display a model of the Make-in-India Hawk advanced jet trainer, which is in service with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, apart from the low-cost, combat-proven APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket.

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