Chief of the Army Staff wit­nesses Aero In­dia, ap­pre­ci­ates syn­ergy

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Gen­eral Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), wit­nessed the eleventh bi­en­nial edi­tion of Aerospace and De­fence Ex­hi­bi­tion — Aero In­dia 2017 at Air Force Sta­tion Ye­la­hanka in Bengaluru on Fe­bru­ary 14, 2017. COAS vis­ited gal­leries of gov­ern­ment, pub­lic and pri­vate en­ter­prises. He in­ter­acted with a num­ber of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing houses. COAS ap­pre­ci­ated the syn­ergy among in­dus­try, academia and the In­dian armed forces. COAS dis­played in­ter­est in the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tives and the na­tional re­sponse which had ac­cel­er­ated the pace of mod­erni­sa­tion.

Dur­ing the day, the Army Avi­a­tion Corps of the In­dian Army with their fly­ing ma­chines too dis­played a glimpse of their ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing Aero In­dia 2017. The ALH-WSI, com­monly known as the Ru­dra, an armed ver­sion of the in­dige­nous ad­vance light he­li­copter, demon­strated its air strike ca­pa­bil­ity in close sup­port of ground forces. One sec­tion of the Army Avi­a­tion pav­il­ion also show­cased the evo­lu­tion of air­crafts in the In­dian Army. The Army Chief also vis­ited the Army Avi­a­tion pav­il­ion in Aero In­dia 2017.

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