VADODARA: Amid the buzz around \'Make in India\' call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has come to Vadodara hunting for local vendors for components of aircraft and other vehicles that it presently imports. The IAF has put up a stall at the ongoing Vibrant VCCI Exhibition 2014 that was its maiden participation at an industrial exhibition in Gujarat. It wants Indian industries to manufacture components as constraints in procuring them from abroad have affected their efficiency. Components of aircraft and other heavy vehicles for which they are seeking manufacturers are kept on display at the stall. \"At the stall, we educate vendors and manufacturers about the components and their technical specifications. There is a lot of apprehension when they first hear about manufacturing components for aircraft as they assume it to be complex and technical. This platform is giving us the opportunity to shatter the misconceptions,\" said an IAF official at the stall.
\"There is wide variety of parts and gadgets that can be manufactured indigenously. Instead of relying on foreign imports, we can collaborate with manufacturers in India,\" said another official. \"Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and other representatives from the armed forces participated in the industrial exhibition in 1999. It is a privilege that IAF is participating in an industrial exhibition for the first time through our event,\" said president of Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Nilesh Shukla.
In three days, 141 vendors registered at the stall. Apart from mechanical engineering industries, vendors from electric and rubber industries have also shown interest in supplying products to the IAF. \"The IAF has put its stall under the vendor development segment and is displaying aircraft components to invite vendors. This platform will give IAF a wide range of options in terms of quality products at competitive prices,\" said managing committee member MD Patel.