New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Aero India 2021, the tech exhibition has kickstarted In Bengaluru's Air Force Station in Yelahanka from today. The Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) will showcase state-of-the-art products and systems spanning every domain of its business. Aero India exhibition is a three-day event which will be held from Feb 3 to Feb 5.

During the first day of the event on Wednesday, India showcased its homegrown fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas with a spectacular display of its strike capabilities and daring manoeuvres. The indigenous Tejas demonstrated its prowess and agility through breath-taking aerobatics, including thunderous rapid rolls, vertical Charlie, upside down and angular flying display

Apart from this, the other highlight of the 2-hour long opening show was the dazzling aerobatics by the IAF's 9 Surya Kiran Hawks and 4 Sarang ALHs Dhruv. The US B1-Bomber also flew along with LCA at the opening event.

The Indian Air Force also showcased its Su-30MKI fighter jet which is equipped with an air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters also showcased a Trishul formation during the first day of Aero India. 

Dubbed as Asia's largest military aviation exhibition, the three-day Aero India event commenced amid the COVID-19 pandemic with the buzz around "Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat" (self-reliant India) and "Make in India" push. With a combination of both physical and virtual exhibition, the 13th edition of the biennial international event is said to be the world's first hybrid aerospace show.

Speaking at the event, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India plans to spend USD 130 billion on Defence modernisation in the next 7-8 years with the focus on domestic manufacturing of bigger and complex platforms.

"We plan to spend USD 130 billion on Defence modernisation in the next seven to eight years. Like many of its friendly countries, India also faces threats and challenges emanating from multiple fronts", he said, adding, the country was a "victim of
state-sponsored and state-inflicted terrorism which is now a global threat".

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal