Aero India has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with seven successful editions organized between 1996 and 2011. In Aero India 2011, the participation of exhibitors from 29 countries with 675 companies (380 overseas + 295 domestic) and 47 overseas delegations was accommodated over a gross exhibition area of 75,000 sqm (including outdoor), which was nearly 57% more than the previous edition in 2009. The ninth edition of Aero India will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, near Bangalore from 6 Feb to 10 Feb in 2013. Aero India 2013 will be organised in February 2013 and will provide a significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in the international aviation sector. It is favourably poised an exponential growth over previous edition. A rapidly growing economy, defence preparedness challenges and opening up of defence production to private sector, have given a major fillip to the defence industry in India. It has also become a hub centre for defence business in the asia region.