The ninth Defence Expo has moved from the high streets of Delhi to the laidback land of Goa. May be it has something to do with our Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has served the coastal state as a chief minister for two terms: initially from 2000-2005 and then from March 2012-November 2014.
This is for the first time that the Expo has moved out of the Capital city. And in all probability, Goa will turn to be the permanent venue for the exhibition.
The expo is a series of biennial display of Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems that will be held at Naqueri Quitol in South Goa from March 28-31. A record number of participating countries is expected at the exhibition – over 46. Around 978 companies will join the expo.
News reports say the ‘Make in India’ initiative is in full swing; about 51% of the exhibiting companies are Indian exhibitors. Since the last edition at 2014, the number of domestic players has considerably increased: from 256 Indian exhibitors.
BAE Systems’ world-class, battle proven M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer, for which India and the United States are in discussions for a Foreign Military Sale for the Indian Army, will take centre stage at the Company’s stand.
Familiar names from India, such as Ashok Leyland, Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Forge, BrahMos Aerospace, Defence Research Developmental Organization (DRDO), Goa Shipyard, Mahindra group and Kirloskar’s, would showcase their wares too.
For this edition, among other nations, USA, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Portugal will arrive at Goa to display their best war ammunition.
More than 20 leading Russian companies and defence corporations will take part in the event. The manufacturer of optical and laser systems, aerospace monitoring systems JSC ‘Schwabe – Defence and Security’ will introduce its latest makes. The shipbuilding and ship repair industry in Russia will be represented by ‘Rubin’ and ‘Malachite’ design bureau and ‘Zvezdochka’ ship repair centre, as well as ‘Admiralteyskie verfi’, ‘Severnaya Verf’ and ‘Yantar’ shipyards.
French manufacturer DCNS will showcase a wide range of expertise in naval systems. Right from Scorpene submarine to evolved aircraft carrier ship, DCNS will lay out their supreme range of naval systems at the event.
While foreign tourists and visitors from other states will have to pay a certain price for entry into the expo, Goans will free access to the four-day event.