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Defence Expo begins; major military firms showcase latest weapons and platforms

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvidanthai (TN) 

India's mega defence exhibition -- the DefExpo -- began here today with participation of major global and domestic military firms, which are eyeing billions of dollars of contract as part of the country's military modernisation programme.

The NDA government is trying to project the 10th edition of the event as first serious attempt to transform -- the largest importer of military platforms and weapons -- into a hub of military

is expected to spend close to USD 300 billion in the next five years in procuring and almost all major global defence firms are eyeing a slice of it.

Though the four-day-long DefExpo, on the outskirts of Chennai and close to the temple town of Mahabalipuram, began today, it will formally be inaugurated by tomorrow.

Nirmala Sitharaman, in a tweet, said For the first time, will be showcasing its defence export potential at @DefExpoIndia.

According to the Defence Ministry, over 670 defence firms, including 154 foreign manufacturers, are participating in the exhibition of weapons and

It is being attended by official delegations from over 47 countries, including the US, the UK, Russia, Afghanistan, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, and

The theme of the expo is India: The Emerging Defence Hub.

Major international companies, which are participating at the expo include Lockheed Martin, (US), (Sweden), Airbus, Rafael (France), Rosonboron Exports, (Russia), (UK), (Israel), (Finland) and (Germany).

India's indigenously developed land, air and are also being showcased.

The weapons and platforms being displayed include the fighter jets, advanced towed (ATAGS) designed by the DRDO Arjun Mark 2 tank and Dhanush artillery guns.

The DRDO's exhibits include the Nirbhay missile system with launcher, autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (AUGV), MBT Arjun Mk-I tank, missile, low level transportable radar (LLTR) system, medium power radar (MPR) system and Varunastra -- heavy weight anti submarine electric torpedo.

The exhibition is spread over an area of 2.90 lakh square feet.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 09:50 IST