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Goa hosts India’s Largest Defexpo Till-date

By Lisa

The 9th edition of Defexpo India, a biennial exhibition on Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems is being organised by Defence Exhibition Organisation of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence from 28-31 March 2016 at Naqueri Quitol, Quepem Taluka, South Goa, Goa.

The defexpo was inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.


India's defence prowess:

India is among a handful of countries in the world with indigenous capabilities in the defence fields such as multi-level strategic deterrence, ballistic missile defence, nuclear powered submarines, main battle tank, stealth destroyers, aircraft carriers and 4th generation fighter aircraft.

With the changes in government policies on defence acquisition and Make in India campaign, considerable impetus is being given to indigenisation in the defence sector.


The exhibition would be showcasing India's capabilities in Land, Naval and Security Systems as well as its emergence as an attractive destination for investment in Defence Sector.

The event provides a platform for forging alliances and joint ventures in the defence industry. The event also provides an excellent opportunity to the Indian Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Private Sector and other defence related industries to demonstrate their capability to design, develop and deliver a wide range of military and civil products and services.

Spotlight on DRDO as spirit of Make In India is brought alive:

The display of state-of-the-art military systems and technologies by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) will narrate the saga of self-reliance and national pride with "Make in India" spirit in Defence Expo 2016.

This year the design theme of DRDO Pavilion is "Rise of Futurism". DRDO Futurism emphasises its vision to make India prosperous by establishing world class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions.

DRDO's participation in this event is marked with the live demo of star products for first the time at Defexpo which includes Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C), Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Arjun MBT MK II & I, Wheeled Armoured Platform (WHAP), AKASH Air Defence System, Pinaka the Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System, Radars, BLT T-72, Bridging System Sarvatra, Modular Bridge and Mountain Foot Bridge etc., besides, static display of other attractive outdoor exhibits such as Quick Deployable Mobile Communication Terminal; Aslesha, Bharani and Coastal Surveillance Radars (CSR); MRSAM and Nirbhay launcher; Pinaka launcher & Rocket Mk I & Mk II; Advanced Torpedo Defence System (ATDS), Remotely Operated Vehicle Daksh, etc.

The indoor models and exhibits covers nearly the entire gamut of R&D from aeronautics, armaments and combat engineering, missiles, electronics and communication systems, materials, naval systems, life sciences, micro-electronic devices and computational systems.

Some indoor exhibits includes: Model of Akash and Brahmos missiles; Aslesha, Bharani and SWATHI the Weapon Locating Radar, IR Guided Missile Tester, Laser Guided Bomb Kit Tester, Hand-held Stand-off Explosive Detector, Short Range Laser Dazzler, Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), Nakshatra the Aerostat System, Combat Free Fall System, Bio-toilet model, Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) model, Multimode Hand Grenade, Family of small Arms, Sonars and Torpedoes, Night Vision and Microwave Devices, Bullet Proof Jacket, Robotics and Unmanned Systems, Telemedicine, Ready to Eat Food Technologies etc.

Focusing on "Make in India" and "Self-Reliance", the DRDO participation will provide a platform for collaboration with industry and academia. DRDO has amply demonstrated capability to design, develop and realise highly complex multidisciplinary weapon platforms for Army, Navy and Air force.

These systems are among the most extensively evaluated systems in harsh environmental conditions, meeting stringent quality requirements of our services.

With the aim of 'Make in India', DRDO's is participating in this event for fruitful collaboration with various industry and research institute towards indigenous development of defence systems and platforms.

How big is Defexpo:

As a clear indicator of India's growing prominence and stature internationally; this year's exhibition is the largest Defexpo held till to date.

In all, over 1000 companies, both foreign and Indian, are taking part in the exhibition this year, which is over one and a half times in number of participants in Defexpo 2014.

Remarkably, with a total of 510 companies, participation by Indian companies has doubled since 2014 which saw a participation by 256 Companies.

A total number of 490 foreign companies are participating this year against 368 in Defexpo 2014.

Around 950 delegations against 511 in 2014 are expected to visit the exhibition this year providing great synergy in business to business (B2B) activities during the short span of 4 days.

The exhibition will thus provide an excellent platform to enhance growth in the sector in the coming years. 204 official delegations from 44 countries and around 750 non official business delegations are attending the show.

The net area sold during this edition is 40725 square meters against 27,515 Square Meters in 2014. The gross area of exhibition has increased over three folds to 150,000 square meters against 45,000 Square Meters in 2014.

Participating countries:

47 countries from different continents will be taking part in the exhibition against 30 countries which participated in the last edition of Defexpo.

These are Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United States of America.

Seminars at the Defexpo:

On the side-lines of the exhibition, seminars will provide a platform to showcase developments and opportunities in the defence sector.

The topics of Seminars being conducted on 29 and 30 March are advances in shipbuilding technology, Make in India for defence sector, India - Korea Defence Cooperation, Modernisation Programme of Indian Army and Challenges and opportunities of Defence Offset.

Goa as host for Defexpo:

The strong tourism and hotel industry of Goa allows the defence expo to expand to the scale as it has done this year.

In turn, the exhibition will also provide an enhanced income to the local economy in terms of hotel bookings, taxi services and visits to tourist spots.

Care is being taken to preserve the ecology of the site.

How can people visit the Defexpo:

The event will be open to public on 31 March 2016 and by prior registration on other days. People who wish to visit the site on other days may do so by registering on the website www.defexpoindia.in.

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