New Delhi: The DefExpo 2022, the flagship event of the Ministry of Defence to showcase the land, naval, air as well as homeland security systems, which was to be held in Gujarat's Gandhinagar next week from 10-14 March, has been postponed. According to the Defence Ministry statement, the 12th edition of Defexpo was postponed due to logistics problems being experienced by participants. The new dates will be announced in due course, it added.
Over 70 countries were expected to take part in the 12th Edition of Defence Expo that was aimed to build upon the vision to achieve 'Aatmanirbharta' in defence and reach USD five billion defence exports target by 2024. More than 1,000 exhibitors from across the world had registered themselves to participate in the biennial mega-event. The theme of the Defence Expo 2022 was 'India – The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub'.
The DefExpo is the premier event in the international aerospace and defence calendar has witnessed year-on-year growth, both in the quantity and quality of participation. The DefExpo 2020 had an exhibition expanse of over 75,000 square metres, with the participation of more than 1,000 exhibitors. The event also witnessed the participation of 70 nations with the presence of Defence Ministers of 40 different countries. Two hundred partnerships were forged during the event that provided a tremendous boost and visibility to the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor. Over 12 lakh people visited the event, with a unique tent city accommodation being another feature.
In February 2021, India was the first country to conduct a hybrid aerospace exhibition, Aero India-2021 at Bengaluru, in compliance with strict COVID-19 protocols. The event, under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, had witnessed tremendous global response.
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