Aero India 2011
From 9-13 February 2011 the 8th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation, Aero India, will take place at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru, India. It is a biennial exhibition organised by the Ministry of Defence in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The UK Government's arms sales organisation, UKTI DSO, will be there alongside around 40 companies including BAE and Rolls Royce. Peter Luff, the UK Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, will lead the UK delegation. He said "I am proud to be part of a Ministerial delegation from the UK, German, Italian and Spanish Governments fully supporting the Eurofighter Typhoon".
Sukhoi30MKI (by vishak, Picasa)
The delegation will also include: the British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg; Richard Paniguian, Head of UKTI DSO; Air Marshal Leeson, Chief of Material Air, Royal Air Force; Air-Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox, Senior Military Adviser UKTI DSO; and Alan Malpas, Regional Director for India, the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Richard Paniguian said, "The UK has a significant range of world class products across the air, land, maritime and security sectors and we are keen to identify opportunities in India in these sectors whist encouraging UK and Indian companies to have long term industrial partnerships"
Delegations and exhibitors
The exhibitor and delegation lists for 2011 have yet to be published, but details of the previous Aero India, in 2009, provide a useful guide.
At this event, there were 49 official delgations, 592 exhibitors (289 from India and 303 from another 25 countries) and 50,121 business visitors.
Air show (by Challiyan, flickr)
The 49 official delegations came from: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Botswana, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France (2), Germany (2), Hungry, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mangolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, Vietnam, and the USA. China was participating for the first time.
The 2009 delegation was led by Sir Richard Stagg (British High Commissioner to India) and included Richard Paniguian (Head of UKTI DSO) and Sir Glen Torpy. Glen Torpy was Chief of Air Staff Royal Air Force and is now employed by BAE.
Exhibitors included: BAE Systems, Chemring, Cobham and Rolls-Royce based in the UK, Thales (France), Eurofighter, Taurus Systems (Germany/Sweden), Finmeccania (Italy), Reutech Communications (South Africa), Saab AB (Sweden), RUAG Aerospace (Switzerland), and Boeing, GE Aviation, Goodrich, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin (USA).
If you wonder what other arms fairs UKTI DSO has visited during the past months and where they are heading next, have a look at CAAT's arms fair calendar.