Def Expo 2018 – Showcasing ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’

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The objective of this year՚s DefExpo was to brand India as a defense exporter of defense systems and components for all three services and showcasing strengths of India՚s growing private industry and emerging Defense MSMEs base. The tagline of DefExpo 2018 is ‘India: The Emerging Defense Manufacturing Hub’ .

  • Defexpo India 2018, the tenth in the series of biennial Land, Naval, and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition, was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India from 11th to 14th April 2018.

Aim of the Expo

  • The meet՚s aim was to initiate the forging of new partnerships with private industry with the aim of achieving self-reliance in defence production under the “Make in India” initiative of the Union government and of encouraging and facilitating participation of private industries, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in defence manufacturing.


  • There was growing demand for Indian built vessels from many countries in South Asia, ASEAN, and Africa and DefExpo would be a perfect stage to unfold the might of India՚s shipbuilding capabilities.
  • The exhibition unveiled India՚s capabilities in manufacturing Scorpene class submarine. Naval shipyards in public sector including Mazagon Docks, GRSE, Goa Shipyards, Hindustan Shipyard and private shipyards brought to view their capabilities in manufacturing and servicing ships.
  • Indian shipbuilding is marked with growing indigenization levels and ‘float’ of ships built in India have nearly 90 % indigenous components.
  • DefExpo 2018 will brandish Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd՚s various flying platforms including domestically designed and manufactured fourth-generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - Tejas; Advanced Light Helicopter - Dhruv which have both civil as well as combat variants; Light Combat Helicopter for which IOC was received recently; Dornier civilian aircraft for which DGCA clearance was received and which is likely to be inducted for regional connectivity purposes.
  • Apart from HAL՚s platforms, the Expo will also promote domestic private industry and aero-components industry.
  • India will unveil its 155mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun (ATAG) in DefExpo. This is the first time that India has its own ATAG which has been designed and developed by DRDO in partnership with Kalyani Group, Tata Power and OFBs.
  • India also proposes to showcase its tank making capabilities, including MBT Arjun, T90 and T-72, Bridge Laying Tanks (BLTs) with a span of over 70 feet among others.
  • India will also be showcasing 155mm artillery gun ‘Dhanush’ .
  • DefExpo will also provide an opportunity to showcase India՚s plans for putting India on the global map of small arms manufacturing with its decision to manufacture about 7.5 lakh Assault Rifles, 3.5 lakh Carbines and about 40,000 LMGs.
  • India will also showcase its Missile and Rocket manufacturing capabilities, including BrahMos missiles available for all kind of attacks including surface-to-air, air-to-air and sea-to-air.
  • Further Akash Missile system will be a major attraction at DefExpo. Pinaka rockets will also be highlighted during the show.

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