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When Venkaiah Naidu got into a fighter jet cockpit

Aug 20, 2021, 4:35 PM IST

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Friday visited the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facilities during which he hailed the ongoing public-private partnerships in various defence projects of the HAL.

Naidu, who was accompanied by Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, said, "I am assured of our nation's security and safety after seeing this impressive infrastructure in Aerospace and Defence."

The Vice President said all efforts should be made to develop cutting-edge technologies indigenously to strengthen India's defence against the background of the complex geo-politics. 

"HAL has attributes of a global leader and I envisage the company to play a greater role in realizing India’s dream of self-reliance in aerospace and defence in the future. I am proud of the role the Company has played for the past 80 years ever since its inception. I am happy that India’s homegrown fighter LCA Tejas will be produced in large numbers and the Government has taken initiatives to galvanize the Indian defence industry," he said.

Naidu also got into the cockpit of the Tejas fighter aircraft.