New Delhi, 14 Februuary 2017
Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar holds joint press conference with Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju during Aero India 2017. Minister Parrikar praised Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for timely defence production. He said that “the two ministries are involved in joint aeronautical industry development. 1000 aircrafts required in next 10-15 years in civil aviation sector. 300- 400 fighter jets required with another 2000 helicopters required by India”. This year Civil Aviation Ministry’s India Aviation is clubbed with Defence Ministry’s Aero India and both ministries jointly hold the show in Bangaluru this year.
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.