A very rare and exciting opportunity for the public
has been offered during the DefExpo-India—2018. The Indian Naval ships will be
open for two days on 13 and 15 April 2018 from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs at the
Chennai Port Trust.
The public interested to visit the Indian Naval ships
are asked to assemble at the Island Exhibition Ground and from there, they will
be taken to the ships in batches of 50 in shuttle buses run by the Indian Navy.
The public should not assemble at the Port Trust Gates.
There will be strict security checks and all the
people, including ladies and children above 5 years are expected to have
original IDs along with a photocopy for deposit as part of security checks.
Hand baggage, camera, water bottles, umbrellas, sticks
etc. are not permitted and photography is prohibited.
Children below five years are not permitted due to safety concerns and
foreigners are not permitted due to immigration requirement.
The five Indian Naval vessels that are
involved in this event are INS Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role
frigate built for the Indian Navy, INS Kamorta, the first of four
anti-submarine Kamorta-class stealth corvettes, INS Airawat, the third
Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel, INS Sumedha, the third Saryu class
patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, and INS Shakti, a Deepak-class fleet tanker.
Similarly, the Officers Training Academy,
which trains men and women army officers, will be open for public on April
13-14. The major attraction will be on April 14 at Arulmigu Nithyakalyana
Perumal Temple Thiruvidanthai,Thiruvidanthal, Thiruporur Taluk, Kanchipuram.
There will be live displays at sea, land and air. The focus at the expo would
be Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s flying platforms like the domestically designed
and manufactured fourth-generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - Tejas;
Advanced Light Helicopter - Dhruv, and Dornier civilian aircraft.
Land systems too will get a large share of the
spotlight with 155mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun (ATAG) all-set to be unveiled
at the expo. Designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation in
partnership with Kalyani Group, Tata Power and OFBs, it is the first time India
will have its own ATAG. Dhanush — a 155mm artillery gun — on display. Other
highlights for the Army include India’s tank-manufacturing abilities courtesy
MBT Arjun, T90 and T-72 and Bridge Laying Tanks (BLTs).