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Rajnath reviews plans for Aero India 2021



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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the planning of Aero India 2021 on Wednesday and appealed to the aerospace and defence industry to participate in the mega event.

The Department of Defence apprised the minister that the event conforms to current international guidelines for exhibitions and that the event is planned to be a business focused exhibition.

The public, which is usually enthralled with the visuals of the air display, will witness this edition in virtual mode to make way for the safe in-person interactions between global aerospace and defence businesses so as to forge partnerships in the new year.

“The event has witnessed tremendous interest with the space being sold out and 500+ registered exhibitors. In view of the challenges due to Covid-19, the Defence Minister directed that the event be held for business days only from February 3 to February 5, 2021 with the essence being to achieve traction for the aerospace and defence industry which has faced numerous challenges in the year 2020 due to lockdown and embargo/restrictions on travel,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

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Senior representatives of foreign missions at New Delhi were briefed in early October about Aero India 2021 well in advance with a view to encourage the presence of their leaders and seniormost decision makers and thereafter formal invites have been extended.

Aero India 2021 promises to showcase India’s aerospace and defence manufacturing capabilities as also seek investments in India owing to a series of policy initiatives in defence such as increase in FDI to 74 per cent through automatic route, the Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, revised offset guidelines to promote Investment in India for co-development and co-production as also formulated the draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020) during the pandemic period of 2020.

Rajnath reaffirmed India’s resolve to be among the top five countries of the world in aerospace and defence manufacturing and Aero India 2021 is symbolic of India’s will to be a leader among leaders.

He stated: “Aatmanirbhar Bharat was the centrepiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and that India’s Aerospace and Defence sector has matured and is continuously exploring mutually beneficial partnerships with friendly countries to set up industries in India for Indian-manufactured defence equipment for India and for the world.”

He urged that the Indian missions be impressed upon to coordinate the efforts for the event and impress upon the leadership and industry captains of the foreign countries to participate in Aero India 2021 at a senior level so as to dive deep into the strategic and business opportunities available in India.

The Defence Minister expressed confidence that Aero India 2021 will demonstrate India’s ability to take the lead and further build on our strengths in the post-Covid world.

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Check out top electric car models currently available in India




The Nexon EV features a 30.2kWh Li-ion battery paired to an electric motor rated at 129PS and 245Nm of peak performance outputs. It has a claimed range of 312 km on a single charge and the battery has an 8-year warranty along with an IP67 rating.

Overall, the Nexon EV looks similar to the standard Nexon albeit with an electric powertrain. The Nexon EV recently celebrated its 1st anniversary and currently leads the sales charts of EVs in India. Needless to say, it is one of the best electric cars in India.


The Hyundai Kona Electric draws power from a 39.2 kWh battery that powers an electric motor that delivers 134BHP of peak power and 395Nm of peak torque. It has four driving modes – Eco, Eco+, Comfort and Sport and comes with paddle shifters for adjusting regenerative braking. The 0-100 km/h sprint time, as claimed by the company is 9.7 seconds.

It has an ARAI certified range of 452Km whereas you can expect around 350-360Km on a single charge in real-world driving conditions. Hyundai says there are three charging options available. The 50 kW fast charger can charge the car’s battery to 80% in 57 minutes. There is also the 7.2 kW AC charger available that Hyundai says can be installed in your home. The Kona Electric is a solidly packed car and with an impressive (claimed) range of 452km, it proves to be a solid offering.


The ZS EV draws power from a 44.5 kWh battery pack paired with a synchronous motor. The maximum power output continues to be at 142 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque. It has a claimed range of 419km which takes it very very close to the Hyundai Kona’s claimed one charge range of 452 km.

The 0-100 sprint time is claimed to be 8.5 seconds. MG had introduced the ZS following the launch of the Hector in India. With 419 km, it is a pretty impressive long-range car.


Powering the Tigor EV is a 72V, 3-Phase AC induction motor. This motor gives a power output of 41 PS and 105 Nm of peak torque. While the figures may sound quite low, the electric motors still produce plenty of initial torque, making them quite quick despite having low power figures. The Tigor EV takes 12 seconds to reach 60 kmph from a standstill and has a top speed of 80 kmph.

The new long-range Tigor EV now gets a 21.5 kWh battery pack which can offer a range of 213 kms. Charging the car up to 80% will take around 6 – 8 hours with a normal charger and 1.5 – 2 hours if done with a fast charger. The claimed range on the Tigor EV is 213 km which is pretty decent considering the overall package.


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