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         Tejas: A Big Leap
for Atmanirbhar
Bharat in Defence
Tejas project was initiated in early 1980s
Flaunted at Aero India 2021 last month, there is a lot riding on the indigenous 4th generation multirole fighter jet
towards self-reliance, thus shaping India into a global aerospace hub.
The ‘Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight’ of HAL products such as LCA trainer (LIFT Trainer), HTT-40, IJT, Advanced Hawk Mk 132 and Civil Do-228 con- ducted a special formation showcasing the spectrum of trainers and signifying self-sufficiency in the trainer segment. HTT-40, Advanced Hawk Mk 132 and Civil Do-228 were made available for cus- tomer demonstration flights. Sukhoi 30 MKI, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) also took part in the flying display. HAL’s major at- traction at HALL-E was the Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) simulator. Surya- kiran aerobatic team and Sarang team enthralled the spectators with their ex- hilarating display.
Many conclaves/seminars were con- ducted which highlighted ‘Make for India and Make for the World’, and At- manirbharta (self-reliance). The major ones which need a mention were India- Russia MIC, Seminar by Indian Navy
  n Air Vice Marshal Suryakant Chafekar (Retd)
Aero India — Asia’s premier air show, completed its 25th glori- ous year with the 13th edition of this biennial event. In the year 1996, the first show took place in the picturesque ‘Garden City’ of Bangalore and the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, continues to host this prestigious show ever since.
Aero India has grown by leaps and bounds from edition on edition in its stel- lar display of air shows and static exhibi- tions. This year, despite the prevailing pandemic, the event had 523 registered exhibitors with 449 Indian and 74 for- eign exhibitors, making it one of the most sought after shows in the Aviation
and Aerospace industry.
Due to the global pandemic, Aero
India was a business focused event over three days from February 3 – 5, 2021, as against the erstwhile five days. ‘Make for India and Make for the World’, the Government of India’s new mantra was well received by the Indian Aerospace and Defence (A&D) manufacturers, hence the higher number of Indian ex- hibitors. Aero India 2021 brought the Indian A&D competence and prowess to the forefront and reiterated the resolve for ‘Atamnirbharta in Defence’.
The global event showcased the range of global platforms, products, technologies and manufacturing capa- bilities in the A&D category. This was an opportunity to forge partnerships between foreign and Indian manufac- turers as also between Indians, which was an effort to discover newer avenues in the global value chain through fast- tracking of the indigenisation process. This exhibition demonstrated the ac- celerated speed with which the Ministry of Defence is moving slowly but steadily
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