Chennai to Host Def Expo 2018 from April 11-14
Def Expo 2018, the largest Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region, will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from April 11-14. The Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the dates for Def Expo 2018, India’s largest defence exhibition, at the inaugural function of Defence Industry Development Meet in Chennai.
The Minister has said that the 10th edition of Def Expo will showcase some of the latest technologies and products manufactured by both Indian and foreign companies. The Tamil Nadu government has earmarked land on the East Coast Road at Thiruvidanthai near Mamallapuram, said the Minister.
"Till 2016, all defence expos had been held only at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. When Manohar Parikkar was defence minister, Def Expo 2017 was held in Goa. Def Expo will also give an opportunity for Tamil Nadu to showcase its strength as one the largest manufacturing hubs for defence production," said the minister who hails from Trichy in Tamil Nadu. More than 80 countries are expected to showcase their defence prowess during the expo.
The minister has said that Def Expo 2018 will have live demonstrations by Army, Navy and Air Force. The minister has also said that instructions were given to provide discount for SMEs and MSMEs participating in the Def Expo 2018.