Bengaluru: As Aero India 2021 kicks off in Bengaluru, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said it will give a boost to Atmanirbhar Bharat. More than 200 agreements will be signed during an event- Bandhan (the bond) - on the last day of the biennial show on 5 February.

It might be recalled that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) bagged a Rs 48,000 crore order for fighter jets - Tejas Mark 1A and India's engagement with Indian Ocean Region (IOR) countries.

He said, "This is the beginning of a new journey. The association of Bengaluru has proved to be most appropriate. Aero India 2021 will lead to India's defence manufacturing revolution. India is getting great response globally and is being trusted for defence investments”. 

In reference to India's defence manufacturing and take defence cooperation, he said, "It would also bring together the defence ministers of various countries, service chiefs, policymakers, foreign OEMs, industry, entrepreneurs and academia to showcase, connect and collaborate as well as highlight policy reforms driving India's new defence manufacturing revolution.”

He also took this opportunity to recognise the greatness of our soldiers. 

He said, "I have no hesitation in saying that our robust stance, immediate and calibrated response and the unrelenting spirit of the soldiers on the borders led to stabilisation of the situation and we showed our resolve to defend the sovereignty and integrity of our country.”