International aerospace power seminar kicks off in Delhi
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Feb 4, IRNA
The International Aerospace Power Seminar (IAPS), kicks off here Sunday with a participation of chiefs of 37 Air Forces of the world including USA, UK, China and UAE.
According to an IRNA reporter, Indian Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee while delivering the inaugural address, said that 'the prospect of conflict between the major powers is remote, our economies and societies are more than ever intertwined and the need for cooperative and democratic arrangements to respond to common challenges has never been more keenly felt'.
In the seminar dubbed 'Aerospace Power in Tomorrow's World' hosted by Indian Air Force, Mukherjee said, with its abiding civilizational heritage and its growing economic and technological capabilities, New Delhi is ready to contribute significantly to the elaboration of cooperatives responses to shared challenges.
Outlining the aerospace power, he said, "It could play a crucial role in the elaboration and employment of collaborative structures that tackle threats to our common well-beings."
Aerospace capabilities of persistent surveillance and rapid response enable it tackle diverse threats ranging from non-state actors to natural disasters, he added.
On energy consumption, he said, India is currently the sixth largest energy consumer in the world and New Delhi's requirement would increase over the years.
"Our energy security vision is now in countries in Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and South East Asia.
"The understanding on civilian nuclear energy with the US also flows from this strategic view of our future energy needs and their global impact," Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee said India's peninsular location at the base of continental Asia astride the Indian Ocean places it at a vantage point in relation to the maritime trade that takes place through Indian Ocean.
"We have a strong stake in the security and stability of these waters, which is linked to energy security, since a very large percentage of Asian oil and gas supplies are shipped through the Indian Ocean."
He said Indian Air Force has the means and the capability to operate in areas away from Indian shores, if the need ever arises, and is playing its role along side the Indian Navy in ensuring the security of these waters.
During the seminar, discussions would take place on topics such as emerging geopolitical context of Aerospace power, transformation of Airpower-translating technology into doctrine, strategy, and application, joint operations-integrating Aerospace operation and surface forces, cooperative Aerospace operations in future etc.
The participating countries include Afghanistan, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic. France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
After the seminar, the visiting Air Force heads of 37 countries would be proceeding to Air Force Station Yelahanka for attending Aero-India 07, the biennial aerospace and defense exposition held at Bangalore.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) as a part of its platinum jubilee celebrations has organized this seminar to share experiences, perceptions and knowledge while working for a cooperative vision of enhanced international peace and security.
Indian annual defense budget is nearly US dlrs 20 billion in absolute terms or a modest 2.27 percent of the GDP.
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