Indian Air Force Chief Inspires Aatmanirbhar Bharat Goals at Maharashtra MSME Defence Expo

Pimpri-Chinchwad, 24th February 2024: The Indian Air Force (IAF) took center stage at the Maharashtra MSME Defence Exposition held at the International Exhibition Convention Centre in Moshi, Pune, from February 24 to 26, 2024. The event, organized by the Government of Maharashtra, showcased the significant contributions of MSMEs, private companies, DRDO laboratories, and DPSUs in Maharashtra towards achieving ‘Atmanirbharta’ in Defence.

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, the Chief of the Indian Air Force, graced the expo with his presence, interacting with participating industries to emphasize the IAF’s future requirements in alignment with the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ goals set by the Government of India. The IAF made a robust display of its indigenous capabilities, featuring the static display of the new generation Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV, Light Combat Helicopter, Aakash, and SAMAR missile systems.

The IAF stall at the expo showcased products developed through collaborations with private industry partners, underscoring the seamless integration of Armed Forces requirements, research and development, and Defence production by public and private entities. Additionally, the IAF set up a publicity stall to attract the youth to join the Indian Air Force. The Induction Publicity and Exhibition Vehicle (IPEV) offered a real-life depiction of the diverse functions and activities undertaken by the IAF.

The interactive platform proved beneficial for students from various educational institutions, allowing them to explore the multifaceted aspects of the Indian Air Force and learn about promising career opportunities. The students were briefed about the advantages of joining the IAF as officers and Agniveervayu (men and women), fostering a sense of patriotism and aspiration for a fulfilling career in the defence sector.

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