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India’s Defence Expo 2020

THEME

The main theme of the DefExpo India- 2020 is

‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and the focus will be on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’

BARAK 8

An Indo-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM) Barak 8 was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)

THE PURPOSE?

India’s biennial military exhibition seeks to showcase the potential of the country as a global defence manufacturing hub.

Last defence expo was held in the year 2018.

Location was Chennai

BENEFIT

The five-day DefExpo 2020 would see the UP govt sign 23 preliminary pacts, which are expected to bring ₹50,000cr investment and create more than 3 lakh jobs, defence minister Rajnath Singh says

IMPORTANCE

DefExpo 2020 has become one of India’s largest defence exhibition platform as well as one of the Top DefExpo in the world.

This time more than a thousand defence manufacturers and 150 companies from all over the world are part of this Expo.

EXAMPLE

The state-funded Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel’s Elbit System to jointly develop rotary military drones.

HAL claimed deploying a rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will bring down the huge cost associated with operating and maintaining manned helicopters.

MANUFACTURING AIR CRAFT CARRIER IN INDIA

INS Vikrant, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1), is an aircraft carrier under construction by Cochin Shipyard in Kochi, Kerala for the Indian Navy.

DHANUSH IS A 155 MM TOWED HOWITZER

LARGEST DEFENSE IMPORTER

India is the world’s second largest arms importers after Saudi Arabia, and it accounts for nearly 10 per cent of
the global share, according to the Stockholm

International Peace Research Institute.

It previously held the number one spot, with Russia accounting for more than half of India’s weapons imports.

Israel and the United States are the other two major suppliers to New Delhi.

WHERE WE STAND NOW

“In the last two years, defence exports worth Rs 17,000 crore have been achieved…it is up from Rs 2,000 crore in 2014,” Prime Minister Modi said.

He said 200 defence start-ups are likely to come up in India to give a push to indigenisation.

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