The upcoming Aero India show is billed as the ”Runway to a Billion Opportunities”. The theme of the event resonates with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for Atmanirbhar Bharat.
The Aero India 2021, a biennial air show that provides a platform for aerospace companies to showcase their products and services is scheduled to be held from February 3 to 5 February at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three day event is unique as it will be the world’s first hybrid show, which means delegates would be present either physically or virtually.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), exhibitors, companies and other businesses can also participate remotely. Exhibitors can interact with virtual visitors through video/chat/SMS or email. “There will be facilities to track details of virtual visitors who visited your stall, schedule online B2B meetings with them and also participate in conferences,” an official said. There will be a QR code to exchange business cards, report cleanliness issues or give feedback. “Exhibitors and visitors will be able to experience everything that a person present at the venue does. They’ll even have access to show dailies and other digital repositories,” the official said.
There are 171 virtual exhibitors and over 50 foreign nations that will be represented at the show with the event being a complete sell-out. The pandemic has forced organisers to restrict visitors at the venue: Only 15,000 will be allowed in the exhibition area while those at the air display viewing area will be limited to 3,000.
Watch Aero India Virtually for Free
The MoD has done away with the Rs 1,000 fee the public needed to pay to virtually watch the 13th edition of Aero India. The general public can watch the show for free. “Once people register on the portal, they will have access to various virtual exhibitions, inauguration and other aspects of the show online,” said the official.
IOR Defence Ministers Conclave
During the Aero India event, India will host the Defence Ministers of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) conclave on 4 February, focusing on security concerns and collaborative efforts. Its theme will be ‘Enhanced peace, security and cooperation in the Indian Ocean’.