Naval air fleet set for huge growth: Karve

A three-day aviation innovation exposition-cum-workshop was inaugurated by Vice Admiral A.R. Karve, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Southern Naval Command, at the Naval Base here on Wednesday.

He said naval aircraft fleet was expected to grow from 150 to 450 in the near future and urged the industry, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to grab the opportunity.

Held by the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI), the expo, named INNOEX-18, will be on till July 13. There are 20 stalls from 18 firms in the expo in which indigenous aviation stakeholders such as the Air Force, ISRO, Aero Cluster Labs of the DRDO, Air India, Pawan Hans Limited and members of the academia and industry are taking part.

“An arrangement was also made for MSMEs to interact and showcase their product line and capabilities to the end users. The aim was for all the stakeholders to pool in their collective resources and expertise for cooperative production. The expo also displayed actual obsolete items and systems for captains of MSMEs to identify indigenous substitutes, promote indigenisation and provide product support,” a defence spokesperson said.

Former Hal chairman C.G. Krishnadas Nair, who is president of SIATI; R.K. Tyagi, president of AeSI; Tessy Thomas, DG (Aero) of DRDO; and S.S. Mantha from the National Institute of Advance Studies (NIAS) shared their experiences with the young aeronautical professionals of the Southern Naval Command.

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