Defence Production Secretary
New Delhi:Defence equipment manufacturing companies from the United States, Russia, France, Israel will lead the show at the DEFEXPO – Feb 6 to Feb 9 – at New Delhi. The local industry will be led by Ministry of Defence owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that has the largest Indian presence and will display a full range of its equipment.
The 8th edition of the show – the land , naval and internal homeland security systems exhibition -- will be bigger, better and have more business –to- business opportunities for global defence manufacturers, their India partners and also aspiring entrepreneurs. The Secretary Defence Production GC Pati, Additional Secretary AK Gupta and Joint Director Defence exhibition organisation Wing Commander Mayaskar Deo Singh today gave out figures at a press conference here. A total of 624 exhibitors, domestic and foreign exhibitors will be spread out across an areas of 45,000 square meters at the PragatiMaidan in Central Delhi. The last edition in 2012 had 527 companies participating. Out of these 368 are foreign participants the companies from the United States will form the single largest chunk.
Russians will have 37 companies here followed by24 French and 20 Israeli companies. A total of 36 countries are participating in the expo and 12 of these will have their own country pavilions.The Russians will be the biggest indoors and outdoor exhibitors in terms of space they have booked.
Leading exhibitors include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Raytheon, Airbus, MDBA, Rafael, Thales, DCNS, Polaris.
The exhibition will be visited by 133 delegations from 36 countries, these are the ones invited by the MOD in consultation with the ministry of external affairs (MEA).
This will include nine delegations led by ministers. Several other countries have expressed an interest and 16other countries will be sending their delegates. “China was not invited,” GC Patisaid while answering questions.
The decision on which countries are to be invited is of the MEA, Pati said adding that he would not like to comment as to why China was not invited.
Notably a Japanese delegation has been invited, possibly keeping in mind the growing ties between India and Japan, especially after the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January this year.
In the domestic segment, the OFB will bring its under-development 155 MM artillery gun. “trails have been conducted,” Pati said. The entire range of DRDO, its tanks, weapons, UAV will be on display. It will not be models but actual products.
Besides DRDO Tata group will be unveiling its land combat systems while Pipavav will follow among the big exhibitors.Defence sector PSU’s. Hindustan Aeronautics, Bharat Electronics Limited and Ordnance Factory Board will be present in full force.
The recent cold vibes between India and the US seems to have been put behind firmly. The US-India Business Council (USIBC) is sending a high-powered delegation. USIBC's Executive Mission is led by William Blair, president (Asia), Raytheon International Inc. It will have 20 senior executives from America's premier aerospace and defence companies seeking to enhance industrial partnerships with India.
The Russian delegation led by Rosoboronexport will be looking to jointly developproduction efforts on weaponry and military equipment.