DRDO is all set to showcase the combined strength of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, public and private sector in defence manufacturing at the forthcoming DefExpo 2020. The DefExpo 2020, which is the 11th edition of the biennial expo, is scheduled to be held from 5 to 9 February 2020 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
DRDO will exhibit over 500 products from all technology clusters in line with the theme of the event – Digital Transformation of Defence. DRDO is also expected to give the live demonstration of Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun MK IA, Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), Counter Mine Flail, 15m Advanced Composite Modular Bridging System (ACMBS) and modular bridge, according to a PIB release.
Apart from DRDO, there are nearly 1,000 companies that have registered to participate at the DefExpo 2020. The number of participating foreign companies is 165 in this year’s event. Furthermore, a substantial number of Memorandum of Undertakings (MoUs) is expected to be inked during the Expo, resulting in forging of new business collaborations.
The theme of the Expo is ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’. The aim is to bring the leading technologies in the defence sector under one roof and provide a myriad of opportunities for the government, private manufacturers and startups. The sub-theme of the exhibition is ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’, which aligns with the concept of the future battlefield.
Manufacturing for the aerospace and defence sector through the application of newer technologies will also be focused upon. In addition to exhibiting products and technologies and live demonstrations by the Services, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and industry will showcase the land, naval, air and internal security systems.
The ‘India Pavilion’ will exclusively showcase the jointness between the public and private sector, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)/Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and innovation eco-system, which is the key to the way forward, said the PIB release.