The 14th edition of Aero India 2023, a five-day air show and aviation exhibition, is commencing from 13th February 2023 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru. This biennial event will bring related industries and the government together and will enhance interaction between them so as to bolster the Make in India campaign.
A total of 806 exhibitors (697 Indian plus 109 foreign) are participating in this edition of Aero India show. Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), an organisation under Ministry of Defence is one of key domestic exhibitor which is planning to display a wide range of indigenously-developed products and technologies.
The DRDO Pavilion will showcase over 330 products categorised into 12 zones namely Combat Aircraft & UAVs, Missiles & Strategic Systems, Engine & Propulsion Systems, Airborne Surveillance Systems, Sensors Electronic Warfare & Communication Systems, Parachute & Drop Systems, Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning & Cyber Systems, Materials, Land Systems & Munitions, Life Support Services, and Industry & Academia Outreach.
The DRDO’s participation will be marked by the flight displays of LCA Tejas, LCA Tejas PV6, NETRA AEW&C and TAPAS UAV. The static display also includes LCA Tejas NP1/NP5 and NETRA AEW&C. The participation will also be marked by the flying debut of indigenous Medium Altitude Long Endurance class UAV TAPAS-BH (Tactical Aerial Platform for Advanced Surveillance – Beyond Horizon). The TAPAS-BH will showcase its capabilities and cover the static as well aerial displays on the business days and the aerial video shall be live streamed throughout the venue. TAPAS is DRDO’s solution to the tri services ISTAR requirements. The UAV is capable of operating at altitudes up to 28000 feet, with an endurance of 18 plus hours.
The DRDO is also organising two seminars during the event.
The 14th Biennial edition of Aero India International Seminar on the theme ‘Aerospace and Defence Technologies – Way Forward’ is being organised by CABS, DRDO in association with the Aeronautical Society of India on 12th February. This seminar is a flagship event which is organised as a prequel to Aero India. Many eminent keynote speakers from DRDO, Indian Air Force, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, International Organisations and premier academic institutions will participate to provide insights about cutting edge technologies and advancement in Aerospace and Defence.
The second seminar is being organised by the Aeronautics Research and Development Board (AR&DB) of DRDO on 14th February. The theme for this seminar is ‘Indigenous Development of ‘Futuristic Aerospace Technologies including Way Forward for Development of Indigenous Aero Engines’. Eminent participants include members of Academia, Indian Private Industry, Start-Ups, PSUs and DRDO will participate in this seminar.
The DRDO’s participation at Aero India 2023 is an excellent opportunity for Indian aerospace community to foster the cause of indigenous development of military systems and technologies. It will provide a platform for collaboration and evolve new opportunities to boost export of indigenous defence products.