First ever drone exhibition cum display ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ begins

Bharat Drone Shakti 2023, a first-of-its-kind drone exhibition cum display was inaugurated by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at Air Force Station, Hindan in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on September 25, 2023.

It has been jointly organised by Indian Air Force (IAF) and Drone Federation of India (DFI).

The two-day event, which is being held on September 25 & 26, 2023, features over 75 drone start-ups from across the country.

The drones featured during the event can be employed for a variety of military and civil applications.

By showcasing their capabilities through a series of aerial & statics demonstrations, the IAF and DFI seek to bolster the Government’s initiative to make India a major drone hub by 2030.

The inauguration of Bharat Drone Shakti 2023 was followed by the formal induction of the first C-295 MW transport aircraft into the IAF.

The ceremony consisted of a ‘Sarv Dharm Puja’ and a brief on the capabilities of the aircraft. This medium lift tactical aircraft, which is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds, will replace the HS-748 Avro aircraft.