12th edition of Defence Expo to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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On 8 August The Ministry of Defence announced that the 12th edition of the Defence Expo, India's flagship exhibition on Land, Naval and Homeland Security systems, will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Important facts

  • The event will take place from October 18 to 22, 2022.

  • Theme of the 12th edition - 'Path to Pride'

  • The theme invokes nationalist pride and encourages citizens to participate in nation building through the establishment of a capable indigenous defence industry.

  • The five-day event will have three business days followed by two public days.

  • Live demonstration of equipment and skill sets of Armed Forces, DPSUs and Industry will be done for five days at Sabarmati River Front through active participation and synchronized efforts.

  • This helipad exhibition will be organized in a three-venue format over an area of one lakh square metres.

  • It was postponed in March 2022 due to logistics problems being faced by the participants.

  • It is Asia's biggest event in the defence sector.

Aim of Defence Expo 2022

  • Achieving 'Atmanirbharta' in defence and achieving the $5 billion defence export target by 2024.

  • To make India a major destination for the Army, Navy, Air Force and homeland security systems and defence engineering.

Significance of the Defence Expo

  • The participants will get an opportunity to showcase their tools and platforms.

  • It will also be able to explore the expanding strengths and capabilities of the Indian defence industry to forge business partnerships.

  • The event will help boost investments, expand manufacturing capabilities and find avenues for technology absorption.

About Defence Expo

  • The 11th edition of Defense Expo was held in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) in 2020.

  • It is a major biennial event of the Ministry of Defence, showcasing Army, Navy, Air Force and Homeland Security systems.

Achievements in defence sector

  • Defence exports have grown by 334% in the last five years.

  • India is exporting defence to more than 75 countries.

  • In February 2021, India was the first country to organize a hybrid aerospace exhibition, Aero India-2021, in Bengaluru.

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