December 4, 2022

With 78 participating nations; 1000+ registered exhibitors, countdown for DefExpo-2022 begins

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewing the preparations for Defence Expo 2022.

New Delhi/ Gandhinagar, While reviewing the preparations for DefExpo-2022, Asia’s Largest Exhibition on Land, Naval, Air and Homeland Security Systems on February 28, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that the recent relaxation of health protocols in India has generated greater interest in DefExpo-2022 which has 78 participating nations, 39 minister-level delegations with other confirmations to be received in the days ahead and 1000+ registered exhibitors.

Foreign Defence Ministers confirmations are also being received and as on date are equal to the previous edition at Lucknow in February 2020 in the pre-COVID times.

As the countdown for the mega DefExpo-2022 has begun and the attendees reposing their faith in the Ministry of Defence to further their Defence Business interests, the Defence Minister noted that the extension of DefExpo-2022 by one day will benefit the local students as dedicated trips for them are being planned. DefExpo-2022 on March 14 will facilitate inclusiveness for young entrepreneurs and college/school millennial of the host state.

The event has gained significant traction since India relaxed its health protocols on February 10 due to the reducing cases of COVID19. DefExpo-2022 promises to be the largest event since its inception in 1999. The uncertainty on organizing such events due to the pandemic last year had not deterred India in its resolve to further the business interests of its indigenous Defence manufacturing sector and the Ministry of Defence’s decision of July 31 to go ahead with DefExpo-2022 appears not off mark in hindsight.

DefExpo-2022 is set to resonate India’s ‘Path To Pride’. To make DefExpo-2022 inclusive for those who can’t make it due to restrictions or delays at their end in decision making, the event will be held in hybrid mode, with stalls in both physical and virtual realms. The onboarding process of the virtual event has commenced with Ministry of Defence inviting greater participation from nations with different health protocols and the initiative will result in greater engagement and outreach as exhibitors can cater to those who are not physically present.

It is being planned in the largest ever area of approximately one lakh sqm at three venues; Exhibition at the Helipad Exhibition Center (HEC), Events and Seminars at the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center (MMCEC) and Live demonstration for the public at Sabarmati Riverfront.

DefExpo-2022 is symbolic of India’s resolve to further its business interests and take global initiatives towards furthering peace and security in the region. The Defence Minister observed the preparedness and efforts and expressed confidence for the conduct of a safe and successful DefExpo-2022.

Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Ajay Bhatt, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Financial Advisor (Defence Services) Sanjiv Mittal and other senior civil and military officials of MoD were also present on the occasion.

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