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The third defense corridor likely to come up at Gujarat

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has exuded confidence over India becoming a global manufacturing hub for defence, soon., India will soon become a global manufacturing hub.  We will soon achieve self-reliance in defence. Our aim is to reduce dependency on imports and increase defence exports,” Rajnath Singh said.

The Defence Minister’s remarks came during his visit to Kevadia, Gujarat, to review the preparations for the ‘DefExpo-2022’ which he claimed would be ‘much greater’ than its previous edition, in an indication that a third defense corridor will come up at Gujarat. Uttar Pradesh defense corridor has already eclipsed the one in TamilNadu corridor after Mr Singh became the defense minister.

The event aims to recognise the impact of disruptive technologies on conflicts

“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,’ the Minister said.

An MoU between Ministry of Defence and Gujarat Government for organising the DefExpo-2022 was signed on the occasion in the presence of Rajnath Singh. The DefExpo-2022 will be a hybrid business event with the exhibition planned at the Helipad Exhibition Centre and seminars at Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre. A live demonstration of weapons and defence platforms is also being planned at the Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad, according to a  defence ministry note.

The DefExpo-2022 will be organised in keeping with the COVID-19 protocols

The DefExpo-2022 will be organised in keeping with the COVID-19 protocols with the objective of ensuring maximum international and domestic participation. A conclave at the level of Defence Minister to accelerate 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 besides Live demonstrations by the Services, Defence Public Sector Undertakings and industry to showcase land, naval, air and homeland security systems have been planned for the DefExpo-2022.

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