The ongoing Defexpo, which boasts of many firsts, has a unique pavilion which brings together Indian defence products from both private and public sector. The pavilion displays some of the biggest achievements of Indian defence industry. Keeping in line with the expo’s theme ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ the pavilion intends to exhibit Indian defence products to the world.
The first thing that catches the eye, after entering the pavilion, is the towering Advanced Towed Artillery Gun (ATAG) developed by the DRDO in association with Tata and Bharat Forge. It also displays DRDO developed precision rocket version of Pinaka rocket system and indigenously developed heavy torpedo ‘Varunastra’.
On the aircraft side, the pavilion has miniatures of various Indian developed aircraft and choppers including Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv and license manufactured aircraft like Su-30 MKI.
The pavilion gives substantial space to products developed by Indian private sector ranging from complete system to components. Engineering major Larsen and Toubro and Bharat Forge secure the largest spaces with their artillery products. L&T has its K-9 Vajra-T self-propelled artillery system, which will very soon become part of the Indian army’s stable, prominently displayed in the pavilion. Bharat Forge, leading engineering firm of India, has its ultra light truck-mounted 155mm/39 calibre gun showcased in the pavilion.