Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the DefExpo22 at Mahatma Mandir Convention
and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. At the India Pavilion, the Prime
Minister unveiled HTT-40 - the indigenous trainer aircraft designed by
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. During the programme, the Prime Minister also
launched Mission DefSpace and laid the foundation stone of Deesa airfield in
the gathering, the Prime Minister welcomed the delegates to an event of the
capable and Aatmnirbhar Bharat both as a Prime Minister and as a son of
on the organisation of the DefExpo2 2022, the Prime Minister said that it
paints a picture of New India and its capabilities whose resolve is being
forged at the time of Amrit Kaal. He further added that it is an amalgamation
of the country’s development as well as states’ cooperation. “It has the power
and dreams of the youth, it has the resolve and capabilities of the youth. It
has hopes for the world and opportunities for friendly nations.” the Prime
the uniqueness of this edition of Defexpo, the Prime Minister said “this is the
first defence expo where only Indian companies are participating and it
features only Made in India equipment.” He announced “From the land of Iron
Man, Sardar Patel we are setting an example of the capabilities of India before
the world. The Expo has more than 1300 exhibitors which include the India
Defence Industry, some joint ventures associated with Indian Defence Industry,
MSMEs and more than 100 startups. The Prime Minister remarked that it provides
a glimpse of the capability and possibility of India in one single frame. He further informed that more than 400 MoUs
are being signed for the first time ever.
second India-Africa Defence Dialogue will also take place on this occasion, the
Prime Minister informed. “This relationship between India and Africa is based
on time-tested trust that is further deepening and touching new dimensions with
the passing of time”, the Prime Minister added.
2nd Indian Ocean Region+ (IOR+) Conclave will also be held during the Expo,
which will provide a stage for a comprehensive dialogue to promote defence
cooperation amongst IOR+ nations to foster peace, growth, stability and
prosperity, in line with the Prime Minister's vision for Security and Growth
for All in the Region (SAGAR).
Prime Minister who also laid the foundation stone of the Deesa airfield in
Gujarat said that the forward airforce base will add to the security
architecture of the country. Noting Deesa’s proximity with the border, the
Prime Minister said that now India is better prepared to respond to any
misadventure on the western borders.
Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel, Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat, Union
Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff, General Anil
Chauhan, Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, Chief of Air Staff, Air
Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, and
Defence Secretary to Government of India, Dr Ajay Kumar were those present on
occasion among others.
Rajnath Singh exhorts
startups and innovators to come up with new ideas to modernise the Armed Forces
through research & innovation and make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’
Minister Rajnath Singh has exhorted startups and innovators to come up with new
ideas to modernise the Armed Forces through research & innovation and
contribute in making the nation strong, prosperous and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as
envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Manthan 2022, an event organised by Innovations for Defence Excellence-Defence
Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO), Ministry of Defence as part of 12th
DefExpo, Rajnath Singh said, a large number of startups and innovators are
venturing into the defence sector as the Government has created a robust
ecosystem for their as well as the nation’s growth.
Minister stated that more than Rs 300 crore have been approved for over 100
iDEX winners to develop products/technologies in more than 50 technological
areas, stressing that the iDEX initiative has changed the perception that
defence production is only for big businesses and industrialists. He lauded
iDEX for winning the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public
Administration last year and achieving new heights of success since its launch
by the Prime Minister during DefExpo 2018.
Armed Forces contingent, comprising personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force
and Coast Guard, along with scientists from the Defence Research &
Development Organisation (DRDO), are carrying out operational demonstrations at
the Sabarmati River Front as part of DefExpo 2022 from October 18-22, 2022. Rajnath Singh witnessed the daredevil acts on
18 October along with the Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat. The display was
aimed at showcasing the operational readiness and scientific prowess of the
defence forces to the people.
demonstration comprised the air, surface and sub-surface elements of the Armed
Forces. The event started with an eye-catching combat free fall by personnel of
Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. It was followed by a daring display by the
elite Marine Commandos (Marcos) of Indian Navy and Para (SF) Commandos of
Indian Army skillfully slithering onto a boat from a helicopter, high speed run
by Gemini boat and neutralisation of enemy post. The action, thereafter, again
shifted to the sky with awe-inspiring Helobatics by Sarang Team and powered
hang glider flying by Indian Air Force.
other activities undertaken were search and rescue demonstration by the Coast
Guard, Small Team Insertion and Extraction and a scintillating offensive demo
by the Indian Navy, continuity drill by Indian Airforce, Ro’ Boatics display by
the DRDO, and joint band display by the three Services. The programme
culminated with the Tattoo ceremony by the drummers from the Indian Navy.
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