"As the theme of the air show is on Make in India in aerospace, defence, civil aviation, airport infrastructure and defence engineering , the focus will be on making global sellers and suppliers our industry partners, comprising state-run and private firms to achieve self-sufficiency in production and reduce imports gradually," defence exhibition organisation director M.D. Singh said.
Besides Defence Minster Manohar Parrikar, Governor Vajubhai Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramiah, central and state cabinet ministers, at least 10 defence ministers from countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Israel and Russia are participating in the event with high-profile delegations, officials and chief executives.
"Modi and Parrikar will also attend a Global CEOs Conference and an Investors' Meet on defence production in India at the venue," Singh added. Modi will also visit the National Centre for Biological Science campus in the University of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to interact with scientists and attend the 19th convocation ceremony of the state-run National Institute of Mental Health and Sciences (Nimhans) during his day-long trip to the city. In view of Modi's visit and presence of delegates from over 100 countries, security has been tightened across the city. "We have deployed about 4,000 personnel on routes the prime minister will take and at venues where he will visit. Vehicular traffic will also be regulated and diverted to clear the way for Modi's convoy to pass through," city Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters.