Force Magazine - National Security and Aerospace Newsmagazine
Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers
As the mercury rose prematurely in February, the enthusiasm of the global defence industry for Aero India show experienced unprecedented chill. While the 11th edition of this aerospace event was smaller than its earlier chapters, it saw bigger and more confident participation from the indigenous aerospace industry, led by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

Being media partner at the show, where FORCE brought out three daily special issues covering the events at Aero India, we had the opportunity to see the highs and lows of the show from close quarters. Hence, in the March issue, we bring you the mixed flavours of Aero India 2017. From fighters to helicopters and UAVs, we have put together everything that made news at the show. With ‘Make in India’ being the way forward in defence procurements, the biggest newsmakers at the show were various joint venture agreements that foreign original equipment manufacturers signed with the Indian companies.

Of course, the lead this time is the article suggesting ways in which the organisers can enable the show to grow in the future. FORCE lists out the reasons for waning interest and how this situation can be changed. As part of the Aero India round-up, we have an interview with the new chief of air staff, Air Chief Marshal, B.S. Dhanoa who talks of current and future acquisitions, as well as capability-building. The heads of Indian PSUs, HAL and Bharat Electronics Ltd held press conferences during the shows. We bring the highlights.

Aero India apart, we have a report on the farewell press conference of director general, CRPF, and other news stories. There is also an expert comment on the balance between the Indian and the Chinese air forces. In addition to that, there is a column on the recent visit of foreign secretary to China for the bilateral strategic dialogue. Given the deep asymmetry in the national power between India and China, we believe that India should explore all avenues of cooperation with China, including accepting the invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the summit meeting on One Belt One Road in May called by President Xi Jinping.

This month we are beginning a new feature called Guts, Grit and Glory to commemorate Indian brave hearts. The first one is on the war museum in Punjab. Hopefully you will find it both interesting and inspiring enough to visit. Keep writing. And stay cool!


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