If you think Indian defence wing may not find a place in international tech-based defence shows, take a look at the Defence Expo in Chennai – it is all blazing guns by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), showcasing its bolstering muscle flex in defence technology.
Celebrating its diamond jubilee, the state-owned defence manufacturer Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) participated in the maiden defence expo named DefExpo – showcasing new defence platforms and indigenous weapons lined up in the swanky halls. In fact, the showstopper DRDO stalls at the expo have gained attention of not just manufacturers, but also the armies of countries who have participated in the DefExpo and are looking for high-end armour equipment buying options from the Indian state-owned manufacturer of military arms.
The DefExpo is organised at Chennai and will help defence manufacturers from all sectors to display their flagship products from April 11th to April 14th. Being the largest exhibitor in all categories, the spectrum of DRDO’s armoury display ranges from indoors to outdoors to even live demos. The DRDO exhibits have certainly gained attention of foreign armies who might sign deals with some Indian manufacturers – as 75 per cent of the firms participating in the DefExpo are Indian based. As per Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the purpose of the DefExpo is to bolster India’s defence manufacturing sector and reinforce global presence – projecting India as a manufacturing hub.
Besides the DRDO, Indian firms like Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Ashok Leyland, Mahindra, TATA, Tamil Nadu based Avadi and Trichy too have taken part in the expo. Meanwhile, international manufactures like Boeing and Lockheed Martin too has participated in the DefExpo this year, eyeing to get few Indian contracts. These international players see India to be a major and potential market as they even offered that they would set up manufacturing plants in India – keeping the ‘Make in India’ mission on mind.