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Defence Expo 2022: MoU signed between Ministry of Defence and Gujarat Government

MoU signed between Ministry of Defence and Gujarat Government
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Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today attended the State Executive Meeting of Gujarat Bjp at Kevadia. Ministry of Defence and Gujarat Government signs an MoU for organising the Defence Expo-2022 in March next year. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh gave their presence for the same. The biennial show will be held in Gandhinagar from March 11 to 13, according to the Department of Defense Production.

India’s flagship military exhibition, DefExpo, will focus on projecting the country as an emerging defence manufacturing hub. The decision comes after the administration redoubles its efforts to promote self-reliance in the defence industry sector. This will be the 12th edition of DefExpo and it will be the first-ever major defence show in Gujarat.

The aim of DefExpo-2022 is to build upon the vision to achieve ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence and reach USD five billion defence exports target by 2024. The objective is to make India a major destination of land, naval, air & homeland security systems and defence engineering. Keeping with future warfare in mind, the event aims to recognise the impact of disruptive technologies on conflicts and its consequent impact on the equipment and platforms required.

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The DefExpo!

The DefExpo is India’s largest defence and aviation exhibition. It is a flagship biennial event of the Ministry of Defence. Earlier it used to take place at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. But, in 2016 the former Defence Minister Late Shri Manohar Parrikar decided to take it to his home state. And thus, in 2016 for the first time, it was held in Goa.

Later in 2018, the huge event was then relocated to Chennai by then defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Sitharaman, formerly from Tamil Nadu, chose a location near Kanchipuram on the East Coast Road in April 2018. She had stated that the NDA government in Delhi was not Delhi-centric and that many prominent events had been moved out of the national capital to other regions of the country. Over 50 countries exhibited their products at the DefExpo Chennai edition, which attracted 702 firms.

DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow

DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow(Image Credit: PTI)

Whereas Lucknow being the parliamentary constituency of Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, the last edition took place in Lucknow. During the Lucknow edition of DefExpo, emphasis was given to the Uttar Pradesh defence corridor, and the main theme of Defence Expo 2020 was: ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’. The focus of the 2020 event was: ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.

Aatmanirbhar Defence Sector!

A list of 108 defence items was given by the armed forces imposing a ban in May this year. The ‘positive indigenisation list’ will be applied gradually between December 2021 and December 2025. Earlier in August 2020, a similar list of 101 items was prepared, on which there would be an embargo on import to give a push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. While addressing the media today at Kevadia, the Raksha Mantri said, “We need to ensure that the participation of nations should increase in Defence Expo-2022. Last time, 70 nations participated. We should try to take it above 100. Our aim is to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in the defence sector & get recognition as exporting nation.”

The DefExpo-2022 will be organised in keeping view of COVID-19 protocols and aims to ensure maximum international and domestic participation. The events planned include:

  • A conclave at the level of Defence Minister to accelerate the decision-making process.
  • A hybrid system for attendees to join the events virtually and participate in seminars, hold B2B meetings, view products and exchange ideas/business propositions, etc.
  • Live demonstrations by the Services, Defence Public Sector Undertakings and industry to showcase land, naval, air and homeland security systems.
  • Business seminars by both international and Indian industry chambers to capture the intellectual capital of renowned subject matter experts.

The Gujarat Government aims to utilise the opportunity to further its aerospace & defence vision and seek foreign investments.

Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Raj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary Industries & Mines, Gujarat Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Joint Secretary (Aerospace) Shri Chandraker Bharti, Industries Commissioner and Chairman iNDEXTb Dr Rahul B Gupta were among those present in the review meeting.

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