PM Modi To Inaugurate DefExpo 2018, China has not reponded to Indian Invitation

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 04 April 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 10th edition of DefExpo 2018 on 12 April in Kancheepuram district of Chennai. While Ministry of Defence is projecting India as emerging ‘defence manufacturing hub’ through DefExpo 2018, China has yet not reponded to India’s invitation to the world event, largest of its kind. “China has been invited to take part in DefExpo2018”, Secretary Defence Production, Ajay Kumar responded to a media question. However, it was clarified by Additional Secretary of Defence Production, Subhash Chander, that China has yet not responded to India’s invitation. China is emerging as a major arms exporter in the world with defence exports pegged at 2.1 billion dollars in 2016, in comparision, India is just making a humble but firm beginning via PM Modi’s “Make In India” program.


DefExpo 2018 while showcasing strengths of India’s substantial public sector, it will also uncover India’s growing private industry and spreading MSME base for components and sub-systems. “Government is coming with up with a scheme called Innovation for Defence Excellence, which will set up a network of Defence hubs across the country. And this scheme will formally be launched during DefExpo”, Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production announced.

There would be 671 exhibitors in DefExpo confirmed as on 30th March 2018. These include 517 Indian exhibitors, highter than last edition and 154 international exhibitors, a drop form last edition. Nearly 15% of the total exhibition space has been booked by MSMEs.

For the first time all three services will showcase their live demo in this edition of DefExpo being against the back drop of Bay of Bengal, where for the first time at Chennai harbour naval warships will also be berthed for public exhibit on 14th and 15th April.

There is another curious first this time in the live demo, which will be witnessed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after inauguration and that is the ATAGS Artillery Gun co-developed by Baba Kalyani’s Bharat Forge and India’s leading Defence Research And Development Organisation (DRDO).

Indian participation include majors like Tata, L&T, Kalyani, Bharat Forge, Mahindra, MKU, DRDO, HAL, BEL, BDL, BEML, MDL, GRSE, GSL, HSL, MIDHANI, Ordnance Factories, and many others.

Major international companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing (USA), Saab (Sweden), Airbus, Rafael (France), Rosonboron Exports, United Shipbuilding (Russia), BAE Systems (UK), Sibat (Israel), Wartsila (Finland), Rhode and Schwarz (Germany) among many others.

47 official delegations from different countries have confirmed their participation in DefExpo as on March 30, 2018. 13 of these delegations are at Ministerial level. Several countries have large delegations with over 10 delegates showing tremendous interest in DefExpo 2018. Ministerial level delegations are from countries including USA, UK, Afghanistan, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, Vietnam.

Program details

April 11 : The show will be open for business visitors. Business visitors can get entry badges on registration at DEFEXPO website www.DefExpoindia.in and payment of Rs. 2000 / USD 40. Details like name, age, gender, ID (Passport, Govt ID, Aadhar Card) are required to be entered online and a unique registration ID no. is generated. A copy of the same is required to be carried and passes collected from the venues given below:

Venue for collection of Badges is as follows:

From 03 to 10 April 2018 (between 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs)

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) Guest House (AASHRAY) – opposite Army Public School, MES Road, NANDAMBAKKAM,Chennai – 600 089

[Near Chennai Trade Center & Madras War Cemetery (which is located on Mount – Poonamallee Road)]

Please Contact Mr. Sakthivel (Mobile: 9381208898) in case of any queries regarding location of the venue.

From 11 – 13 April 2018 (at Show Venue) from 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs

On 14 April (at Show venue) from 0700 hrs to 1400 hrs:

DEFEXPO-2018 Site Registration Office

Arulmigu Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple Grounds, Thiruvidanthai, Thiruporur Taluk,

EAST COAST ROAD, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 603112

There will be live demonstration of large platforms and also flying display by HAL and IAF. Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a press briefing after the live demonstration. Six parallel business seminars are planned on the day. These are being organized by industry associations and business chambers. Raksha Mantri would also be hosting a reception for the guests on the evening of 11 April 2018.

April 12 : Formal Inauguration of the event will be held followed by live demonstration of Naval Systems, Aero Systems and Land Systems. Live Demonstration will be done for systems which are designed/built in India.

The show will be open for business visitors after the formal inauguration. Three business seminars are planned by industry associations/business chambers. There will be Night illumination of anchored Navy vessels which will be a visual delight from the coast.

April 13: The show will be open for business visitors.

The India Russia Military Industry Conference will be held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2018 at the venue. Over 100 Russian and over 200 Indian industry leaders are expected to participate. The India Russia Military Industry Conference is being coordinated by SIDM from industry side.

Indian Navy ships will be available for onboard viewing on Chennai harbour. The public interested in viewing these ships should carry their ID (Passport, Govt ID, Aadhar Card) proof and should not carry any baggage, water bottle, mobile or any eatables. They should approach Chennai port gate, from where they will be picked up and escorted to the ship and brought back.

There will be live demonstration of large platforms and also flying display by HAL and IAF at the DefExpo venue.

April 14: The DefExpo would be open for public. There will be live demonstration of large platforms and also flying display by HAL and IAF for appreciation by general public.

Arrangements for local transport have been made with the help of Government of Tamil Nadu. General visitors will get entry badges on registration at DefExpo website www.defexpoindia.in. Details like name, age, gender, ID (Passport, Govt ID, Aadhar Card) will have to be entered online and a unique registration ID number will be generated. A copy of the same will have to be carried and passes collected from the venue given below:

On 14 April (at Show venue) from 0700 hrs to 1400 hrs:

DefExpo-2018 Site Registration Office

Arulmigu Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple Grounds,

Thiruvidanthai, Thiruporur Taluk,

East Coast Road,

Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 603112

It is proposed to operate Special buses on 14th April 2018 in addition to the existing buses on the following routes:

  1. a) Thiruvanmiyur to Vadanelli ( Close to DefExpo venue)
  2. b) Tambaram to Vadanemili ( Close to DefExpo venue)
  3. c) Adyar to Mamallapuram (DefExpo venue is enroute)
  4. d) Broadway to Vadanemelli ( Close to DefExpo venue)

The Organisers and District administration have made arrangements for car parking on the southern and south west side of the venue in case visitors reach the venue in own cars and the parking can accommodate close to 3000.

Highlights of the event:

  • A first of its kind National Level Open Challenge Competition– “Solution to Problem” – DefExpo 2018 for finding solutions to the defence related problems by Innovators, Students, Professionals, Participants and Foreign Nationals who are attending DefExpo – 2018.
  • India Pavilion is being set up for the first time in DefExpo. The India Pavilion will showcase combined strength of India’s public sector and private sector in defence production.
  • First ever combined live display of Naval, Aero and Land Systems at same venue.
  • DefExpo Inaugural Ceremony will be webcast to live audiences in Indian Embassies across the world.
  • DefExpo Inaugural Ceremony would also be webcast on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, etc.
  • Two major international collaboration events are being held on the sidelines on DefExpo. These include:

o   Joint Commission with South Korea on April 9, 2018 in Delhi

o   Military-Industry Cooperation with Russia on April 13, 2018 at DefExpo Venue.

Organizing Team:

The DefExpo 2018 is being organized by Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. M/s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited are the main implementing agency. Full support is being received from Government of Tamil Nadu.

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