‘INNOEX-18’ held in Kochi
In order to promote indigenisation in Naval projects, Naval Aircraft Yard, Kochi, has organised ‘INNOEX-18’, a three-day Aviation Innovation Exposition-cum Workshop. The exhibition was inaugurated by Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command at the naval base Kochi. The expo "INNOEX-18" is held under the aegis of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI).
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Karve informed all the existing and potential industry partners about the expected growth of the naval aircraft fleet from 150 to 450 in the near future and the huge opportunity it provides to the industry particularly the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). RAdm Philipose G Pynumootil, FONA has delivered the opening address.
Renowned aerospace professionals and academicians, including Dr. C G Krishnadas Nair, SIATI President, RK Tyagi, AeSI President, Tessy Thomas, DRDO DG (Aero), and Prof. S S Mantha from National Institute of Advance Studies (NIAS) shared their experiences with young aeronautical professionals of SNC.
The complete requirements of Navy in terms of equipment, components, systems etc. were explained in the event. DRDO will be giving the details of the projects undertaken. The Navy Aircraft yard has arranged several B2B meetings on all three days. The event was a great opportunity for SMEs to gain the knowledge on the user requirements.
The event was able to bring together seven major indigenous aviation stakeholders, viz, the Indian Air Force, ISRO, Aero Cluster Labs of DRDO, Air India, Pawan Hans Limited, as well as members of the academia and industry. On display at the expo were actual obsolete items and systems for captains of MSMEs to identify indigenous substitutes, promote indigenisation and provide product support. It was the second edition of Innovation Expo by the Naval Aircraft Yard, Kochi.