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Bharat Drone Shakti 2023

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Source: PIB

 Context: The first-ever drone exhibition and display, “Bharat Drone Shakti 2023,” was inaugurated by India’s Defence Minister, at the Hindan Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

  • This event, jointly organized by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Drone Federation of India (DFI), showcases over 75 drone start-ups from across India.
  • The displayed drones have applications in both military and civilian sectors and aim to support the government’s initiative to establish India as 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 Indian Air Force (IAF). This medium-lift tactical aircraft is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds and will replace the HS-748 Avro aircraft.