DefExpo 2020 will have France, Russia, South Korea, Israel, US, and African countries wooing India’s defence sector for partnerships

DefExpo 2020 will have France, Russia, South Korea, Israel, US, and African countries wooing India’s defence sector for partnerships
The DefExpo 2020 will be hosted in Lucknow for the very first time and the city is going all-out to prepare for the big exhibition. During the event, the government plans to woo over 40 countries who have confirmed their attendance.

Aside from Indian Armed Forced hosting live demonstrations and having their security systems on display, India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is hoping for “mutually beneficial” partnerships with friendly countries.

More than 1,000 stakeholders are expected to be present at the DefExpo 2020, and Singh’s intention to get them to help India achieve its target $26 billion in turnover from aerospace and defence by 2025.

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Foreign players, on the other hand, are also trying to woo the Indian government for partnerships.

Here’s what they have planned for the Defence Expo 2020:
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​India-Africa summit to be hosted at the DefExpo 2020 for the very first time. Defence secretary Ajay Kumar expects to sign multiple contracts and transfer-of-technology agreements.

​India-Africa summit to be hosted at the DefExpo 2020 for the very first time. Defence secretary Ajay Kumar expects to sign multiple contracts and transfer-of-technology agreements.

“A unique feature of the event will be the India-Africa defence conclave. It is being done for the first time. There will be focussed interaction at the ministerial and head of delegation level. We are expecting over 30 countries to participate,” Ajay Kumar said addressing the press.

“This is the largest ministerial-level participation in any sector in India,” he explained disclosing that 14 defence ministers from African nations have

​The US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin plans to take centre stage at the DefExpo 2020 with F-21 multi-role fighter jets. Defence and aerospace partners will be able to ‘fly’ the jet at its booth at the DefExpo 2020.

​The US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin plans to take centre stage at the DefExpo 2020 with F-21 multi-role fighter jets. Defence and aerospace partners will be able to ‘fly’ the jet at its booth at the DefExpo 2020.

“The F-21 demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment in delivering an advanced, scalable single-engine fighter to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivalled industrial partnership opportunities‒for India, from India,” said vice president and CEO of Lockheed Martin India William Bair

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​Lockheed Martin also plans to display MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopter for the Indian Navy. According to the company, this chopper has anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

​Lockheed Martin also plans to display MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopter for the Indian Navy. According to the company, this chopper has anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

(Source: Flickr/Lockheed Martin)

The defence firm will also have the C-130J Super Hercules and S-92 multi-role helicopter on display. The former is already used by the Indian Air Force through the joint venture Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures.

​The French defence giant Thales plans to focus on digital transformation with its new targeting and reconnaissance pod — Talios. It will have tactical capabilities that can later be embedded with artificial intelligence (AI).

​The French defence giant Thales plans to focus on digital transformation with its new targeting and reconnaissance pod — Talios. It will have tactical capabilities that can later be embedded with artificial intelligence (AI).

(Source: Thales)

Thales plans to demonstrate technologies across all four verticals — land, naval and air, digital transformation and security. Its demo of land will include combat systems like the fully integrated soldier system capability.

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​For air and naval technologies, Thales plans to show off its anti-submarine warfare solutions such as Captas 1, Nextwave and Interrogate Friend Foe TSB 2510 among others.

​For air and naval technologies, Thales plans to show off its anti-submarine warfare solutions such as Captas 1, Nextwave and Interrogate Friend Foe TSB 2510 among others.

(Source: Thales)

“Backed by over six decades of partnering with India, we look forward to continuing playing a major role in job creation and skill development especially through our two Engineering Competence Centers in India and our local partnerships,” said Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, vice president and country director, Thales in India.

Hanwha Defense, based in South Korea, is one of the leading defence companies in Asia. It already participates in producing land-based defence systems in India. However, it is on the hunt for more business opportunities this year.

Hanwha Defense, based in South Korea, is one of the leading defence companies in Asia. It already participates in producing land-based defence systems in India. However, it is on the hunt for more business opportunities this year.

(Source: Hanwha Defense)

“We are under discussion with several Indian public / private sector companies for participating tenders. We are ready to share our experience and technologies with Indian companies,” Sungsoo Lee, CEO and president of Hanwha Defense told India Defence Industries.

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​Russia’s exhibition will be focused on armoured vehicles, missile weapons, small arms, air defence systems, naval equipment, communication equipment, army aviation and border control.

​Russia’s exhibition will be focused on armoured vehicles, missile weapons, small arms, air defence systems, naval equipment, communication equipment, army aviation and border control.

(Source: Rosoboronexport)

“We consider our participation in the exhibition as a major contribution to the development of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India and an important area of the company's marketing activities,” said Sergei Goreslavsky, deputy director general of Rosoboronexport.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence, known for its high-end military power, will have its own pavilion at the DefExpo 2020.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence, known for its high-end military power, will have its own pavilion at the DefExpo 2020.

(Source: IAI)

Indian government’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is expected to sign a deal for advanced armed UAVs — the Heron TP — with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) during the DefExpo 2020.

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The Rafale Jet from the French company Dassault Aviation will be one of the main attractions at the DefExpo 2020.

The Rafale Jet from the French company Dassault Aviation will be one of the main attractions at the DefExpo 2020.

(Source: BCCL)