The 11th edition of the biennial defence exhibition, DefExpo 2020, will take place in Lucknow from February 05-09, 2020.
As stated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Expo will provide an opportunity to the major foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to collaborate with the Indian defence industry, and help promote the ‘Make in India’ initiative. DefExpo-2020 will also provide a unique platform for Defence industry OEMs, exhibitors and private industry players to display their latest innovations and capabilities.
The key attractions of DefExpo 2020 can be counted as follow.
- Defence Ministers from 40 countries are attending the Expo.
- More than 1000 companies are participating in the event.
- This year’s DefExpo’s theme is ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’. So, much of the conversation will focus on Artificial Intelligence and digital technologies in defence sector.
- DRDO will be highlighting more than 500 indigenously developed products with active participation from major laboratories belonging to different technology clusters.
The Expo, besides serving the main purpose of bringing various companies across the globe in one platform, will also showcase India’s defence capabilities as well.
A press statement from DRDO says that India’s first ASAT missile used in Mission Shakti to demonstrate anti-satellite precision strike capability will be on display at the DefExpo. A model of the Naval version of LCA, which successfully landed onboard INS Vikramaditya at sea using arrested hook, will also be on display. Another aircraft, India’s first light weight, multi-role, combat aircraft Tejas which has been inducted into 45th Squadron of Indian Air Force, will also mark its presence.
The Defence Minister said that the event is going to be unprecedented in terms of magnitude and scale.
Business Standard reported that this year, the exhibition area has also gone up by 58 per cent to over 42,800 square metres compared to 26,774 square metres during DefExpo 2018. Nearly 65 memorandums of understandings (MoUs) are likely to be firmed up at the Expo, resulting in forging of new business collaborations.