Expo 2018 to be held near Chennai next month will, for the first time, project
India’s Defence manufacturing capabilities to the world. This is reflected in
the tagline for the Expo, which is ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing
Hub’. Def Expo 2018 will brand India as a defence exporter of several defence systems and components for all three
Services - Army, Navy and Air Force. While showcasing strengths of India’s
substantial public sector, it will also uncover India’s growing private
industry and spreading MSME base for components and sub-systems.
Expo 2018 will brandish Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s various flying platforms
including domestically designed and manufactured fourth-generation Light Combat
Aircraft (LCA) - Tejas; Advanced Light Helicopter - Dhruv which have both civil
as well as combat variants; Light Combat Helicopter for which IOC was received
recently; Dornier civilian aircraft for which DGCA clearance was received and
which is likely to be inducted for regional connectivity purposes. Apart from
HAL’s platforms, the Expo will also promote domestic private industry and
the Def Expo is being held on sea-shore, along the East Coast road enroute Chennai to Mahabalipuram, it provides
Indian Navy to brandish its domestic design and manufacturing capabilities.
India will proudly present its Naval designing capabilities in shipbuilding.
India is one of the few countries of the world with capabilities to design a
naval vessel from scratch to finish. India will also physically showcase, along the shoreline several frigates,
corvettes and other ships.
exhibition will also unveil India’s capabilities in manufacturing Scorpene
class submarine. Naval shipyards in public sector including Mazagon Docks,
GRSE, Goa Shipyards, Hindustan Shipyard and private shipyards will bring to
view their capabilities in manufacturing and servicing ships. Kattupalli
shipyard of L&T is only 40 km from Chennai and visitors to Def Expo can
easily visit the same. It is relevant to mention that Indian shipbuilding is
marked with growing indigenisation levels and 'float' of ships built in
India have nearly 90 per cent indigenous components. There is growing demand
for Indian built vessels from many countries in South Asia, ASEAN and Africa
and Def Expo will be a perfect stage to unfold the might of India’s
regards land systems, India will unveil its 155mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun
(ATAG) in DefExpo. This is the first time that India has its own ATAG which has
been designed and developed by DRDO in partnership with Kalyani Group, Tata
Power and OFBs. India also proposes to showcase
its tank making capabilities, including MBT Arjun, T90 and T-72,
Bridge Laying Tanks (BLTs) with a span of over 70 feet among others. India will
also be showcasing 155mm artillery gun 'Dhanush'. DefExpo will also provide an
opportunity to showcase India’s plans for putting India on the global map of
small arms manufacturing with its decision to manufacture about 7.5 lakh
Assault Rifles, 3.5 lakh Carbines and about 40,000 LMGs.
will also showcase its Missile and Rocket manufacturing capabilities, including
BrahMos missiles available for all kind of attacks including surface-to-air,
air-to-air and sea-to-air. Further Akash Missile system will be a major attraction
at DefExpo. Pinaka rockets will also be highlighted during the show.
the focus on highlighting India as an emerging defence production hub, DefExpo 2018 has
earmarked at least half the space for domestic exhibitors. This will make
DefExpo 2018 the biggest ever opportunity to show their capabilities and
integrate with the global supply chain of defence manufacturing. Emphasis is being given
to invite delegations from countries which have
shown keen interest in India’s weapon systems and
platforms so that DefExpo 2018 provides a boost to overall defence manufacturing capabilities in the
country and to its export potential.