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Defexpo India: Defense Technology and Products Expo

Defexpo India 2022: Defense Technology & Products Expo

Event Name: DefExpo India
Category: Arms and Ammunition

Event Date: 11 – 13 March, 2022
Location: Helipad Exhibition Centre, Swarnim Park, Near Jilla Panchayat, Sector 17, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382016 India
Organizer: Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence -130-E South Block, New Delhi 110011 India
Phone: +91-11-23011587
Timings: 10:00 AM – 18:00 PM

DefExpo India 2022, a flagship biennial event of the Ministry of Defence, is being held for the first time in Gandhinagar (Gujarat) from 11 – 13 March 2022.

  • This is the 12th edition of DefExpo – a mega defence exhibition. DefExpo is one of the largest events of its kind.
      • The 11th edition of the event was held at Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) in 2020.
      • The 10th edition of the event was held at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) in 2018.
  • The main theme of the DefExpo India- 2020 was ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and the focus was on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.
  • DefExpo-2022 promises to bring new technologies, technological solutions, where defence manufacturing companies from India and abroad showcase their products and services in defence arena, on a single platform. This provides Indian defence industry an opportunity to promote its export potential.
  • Defence Expo 2022 will showcase the comprehensive spectrum of India’s aerospace, defence and security interests.

Defexpo India 2022: Event Profile

The 12th edition of DefExpo will be the first ever major defence show in Gujarat.

The last edition of the event was held in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Incidentally, Lucknow is the parliamentary constituency of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. During the Lucknow edition of DefExpo, emphasis was given to Uttar Pradesh defence corridor, and the main theme of Defence Expo 2020 was: ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’. The focus of 2020 event was: ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.

Traditionally, DefExpo was always held at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, the usual venue for such exhibitions. It travelled to Goa in 2016 when the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar decided to take it to his home state. Then, in 2018, Nirmala Sitharaman moved the mega event to Chennai. In fact, uncertainty over its venue had delayed the Channai event, which normally takes place in the month of February and March.

In April 2018, Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu, chose a site along the East Coast Road, near Kanchipuram. While shifting the venue, she had argued that the NDA government at the Centre was not Delhi-centric and had taken many prestigious events out of the national capital to other parts of the country. In the Chennai edition of DefExpo, over 50 countries had showcased their products, and saw participation of 702 companies.

Key Opportunities:

Government to spend USD 130 Bn for fleet modernization in the next 5-7 years across all armed services

  • Field Artillery Rationalization Plan
    1,580 towed artillery guns, 814 Mounted Gun System, 100 tracked Artillery guns
  • Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft Acquisition
    Requirement of 110 aircraft under Make in India initiative
  • Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) Program
    Procurement of 1700 new generation Armored Fighting Vehicles (in various kit combinations)
  • Infantry Modernization
    7.5 L Assault Rifles, 3.65 L Close quarter battle carbine and 40,000 nos. of light machine gun required. Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS) to transform the Indian soldier into a ‘next-gen self-contained fighting machine’
  • Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) Program
    Indigenous design & development of 2,600 infantry combat vehicles to transport mechanized infantry for the Indian Army
  • Life-cycle and Obsolescence Management
    Procurement of 1700 new generation Armored Fighting Vehicles (in various kit combinations) Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) Program Identification and risk mitigation for parts, spares, equipment, skills (people), and software for service life extension

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