Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Officiate the Formal Induction of C-295 Transport Aircraft into the Indian Air Force.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to inaugurate the “Bharat Drone Shakti-2023” exhibition at Hindan Air Base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday, September 25. Additionally, he will formally introduce the C-295 transport aircraft into the Indian Air Force.
The induction ceremony will be attended by top military officials, including Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari. It’s noteworthy that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is collaborating with the Drone Federation of India to jointly host the Bharat Drone Shakti 2023, recognizing the potential of domestic drone design and development.
Use of Drones in India:
This event, scheduled for September 25 and 26, will be held at the IAF’s Hindan airbase in Ghaziabad and will feature live aerial demonstrations. The use of drones in India, for both military and non-military purposes, is on the rise. Drone technology has rapidly transformed both civil and defense sectors by enhancing efficiency, reducing risk exposure, and increasing capabilities, according to an official press release.
The IAF initiated the Meher Baba Swarm Drone competition to leverage India’s growing drone technology industry and demonstrate confidence in the country’s drone capabilities. Through Bharat Drone Shakti 2023, the IAF aims to harness this expertise further. With an impressive schedule of over 50 live airborne displays, “Drone-shakti” – Bharat Drone Shakti 2023 – seeks to showcase the full potential of the Indian drone industry.
Participation of Drone Start-ups
These demonstrations will encompass a wide range of drone applications, including survey drones, agriculture drones, fire suppression drones, tactical surveillance drones, heavy-lift logistics drones, loitering munition systems, drone swarms, and counter-drone solutions, as per the release. The event will also witness active participation from over 75 drone start-ups and corporate entities.
‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’:
Anticipated to draw approximately 5,000 attendees, ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ will serve as a convergence point for a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. Representatives from central government agencies, state departments, public and private industries, armed forces, paramilitary forces, friendly foreign countries, academic institutions, students, and drone enthusiasts are expected to attend the event, according to the release.
This collaboration between the Indian Air Force and the Drone Federation of India underscores their commitment to advancing drone technology and its applications in India. The event aims to showcase the capabilities of Indian drones and provide a platform for networking, knowledge exchange, and collaboration among industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts. ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ signifies a significant step towards realizing the full potential of this transformative technology for the benefit of the country.