The fifth Aero India 2005 has been completely sold out. The number of participants for the show, to be held between February 9-13, 2005 at Yelahanka, Bangalore, has significantly increased compared to the last one in 2003.
The show is a complete sold out to the extent of 92% of the space.
Talking to FE, Shekhar Dutt, secretary, defence production and chairperson, organising committee said, “the increasing importance of India as a major defence market combined with the growing capabilities of Indian companies as outsourcing destinations for aerospace manufacturing companies is said to be the prime reason for the unprecedented interest in Aero India 2005.”
He said that despite the increase of 30% available space over the 2003 show, Aero India 2005 exhibition space has seen rapid take up by exhibitors from around the world.
“The response from the exhibitors for participation has been overwhelming. The show has confirmed participation by 23 countries, and over 40 official delegations from different countries are expected to mark their presence. Major exhibitors have taken up 29 chalets as on October 25 and more are in the pipeline. The total number of companies are expected be substantially up over the 2003 event,” squadron leader Rajesh Dhingra, joint director of Defence Exhibition Organisation (DEO) said.
He said countries including Israel, Russia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the US are among those who have confirmed participation. He pointed out that US has doubled its presence in comparison to 2003.
More than 300 companies from across the globe including Sibat from Israel; Avia Export, Irkut Corporation, Rosboronexports from Russia; Dassault, Thales, EADS, GIFAS from France and Northrop, Lockheed, Raytheon, Boeing, Bell Helicopters from the US will be displaying their technological prowess, squadron leader Dhingra added.
The exhibition is being organised by the DEO under Department of Defence Production and Supplies, ministry of defence.
In fact, plans are afoot to substantially improve upon the previous expositions with better infrastructural facilities, increase in indoor display area and more opportunities for business to business interactions, secretary defence production said.
An all-new hanger with 4,200 sqm of display space to accommodate increasing interest by companies.
Also, the National Highway Authority of India have undertaken to provide a road by passing Yelahanka Town with a view to avoid traffic bottlenecks on the way from Bangalore to AFSY. This will be ready before the event starts and will cut down the traveling time by 20-30 minutes.