The much awaited Defence Expo 2020 was finally flagged off on 5th of February among much commotion and excitement in the city. Currently underway at Vrindavan Yojna & Gomti Riverfront, Lucknow's first ever Defence Expo was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. The Defence Expo aimed to establish India as a great defence/military equipment manufacturer. It has completed 2 days in the city and there's much that has happened in the last 48 hours.
From MoUs (Memorandum of Understandings) to live demonstrations here's everything about Defence Expo 2020 which made the news.
#DefExpo2020: The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, met dignitaries & delegations from the UK, Ukraine, Israel & Zambia on the sidelines of @DefExpoIndia 2020 in Lucknow today. pic.twitter.com/A34iK00dS4
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) February 6, 2020
1. Defence Exports to increase to 5 billion dollars in next 5 years!
Prime Minister stated that India aims to expand defence exports by 5 billion dollars in the next five years. He also asserted that Uttar Pradesh is set to become a major manufacturing hub in the country while India will prove to be one of the biggest market globally.
2. MOUs worth Rs 55,000 crore to be singed
HAL, Israel Aerospace Industries and DTL signed MoUs for marketing, manufacturing & selling of IAI's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on the very first day of the expo.
3. Defence Ministers of 38 countries participatinggumlet.assettype.com
The expo is being attended by Defence ministers of 38 countries. 33 MoUs worth ₹55,000 crores are expected to be signed during the 5 day event.
4. Russia signed 11 MoUs with India on Day 2
Russia signed 11 MoUs with India on Day 2 of the mega event. Major companies such as BHEL, Bharat Dynamics Limited and Vista control from India, INVERSIA, UVZ and BEML from Russia are a part of these MoUs related to production of different defence equipment such as parts of T-72, T-90, Radar systems, ASW Rocket launchers and 3D modeling.
5. DRDO's Anti-Satellite Missile System
Among the displays, the DRDO's Anti-Satellite Missile System was a forbidding one. This missile system which is based on home-made technology, intercepts satellites in outer space. The virtual shooting range was also all the rage during the event.
6. Live demonstrations at Gomti Riverfront
Apart from the main exhibition, a live demonstration and show was also held at the Gomti Riverfront, beginning with a patriotic and riveting band performance. Yet what took the cake at the live show was the thrilling sword-eating, fire-eating from the Sikh Regiment, the martial moves of gatka and khukuri dance.
7. More on live demonstrations-
The counter-terror and rescue drills of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard made the whole affair a spectacle to remember.
A horde of amazing things happened at the first two days of the Defence Expo and the third day is expected to be no less iconic. So keep your eyes peeled for more updates and happenings of the event.