In the recent past DEFEXPOs has become a political tool rather than its intended purpose. In the recently held DEFEXPO at Chennai the participation and footfall from the stake holder from industry was luke warm. However for the local residents of Chennai, region it was a life time experience to see the live demonstration and Ship ride.
The manufacturers showcased indigenously developed military helicopters, aircraft, missiles and rockets, submarines, frigates and corvettes. The DRDO's exhibits include the Tejas fighter jets, advanced towed artillery gun systems, Nirbhay missile system with launcher, MBT Arjun Mk-I tank, Astra missile, low level transportable radar system, medium power radar system and Varunastra heavy weight anti submarine electric torpedo. OFB in association with BEML & BEL showcased an indigenous 155mm 52 Cal Mounted Gun System. BEL unveils its indigenously developed 'Drone Guard' solution. The company also launched 3D Air Surveillance Radar. A Multi-Function Active Phased Array Radar with Solid state Transceiver for Land and Naval applications.
The Larsen and Toubro-Nexter consortium showcased their artillery systems.
For the first time Tata Aerospace and Defence (Tata A&D) show cased their capabilities as a single unified entity, in aerospace and defence sector.
During the expo 40 MoUs were signed, including 25 agreements sealed with foreign countries. Bharat Electronics, Mazagon Docks and Goa Shipyard had signed 16 MoUs including 11 with foreign countries like Ukraine, Israel, the US, Bhutan, Germany and France. Seven deals were sealed by Indian private companies with foreign manufacturers for jointly developing various platforms. Seven agreements were signed with Russia to indigenously manufacture spare parts, get technical and logistic support for systems and platforms from Russia that are in service with the Indian armed forces.
Some of the joint ventures, memorandum of understanding and agreements were signed amongst the foreign and Indian companies.
General sentiments were if India is to emerge defence manufacturing hub and self - reliant in defence equipment it must create innovative ecosystem in defence manufacturing.