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'Make In India' Making A Difference In Defence Sector

Indigenous military hardware on display at Defexpo 2020 showed the difference made by Make in India

'Make In India' Making A Difference In Defence Sector
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'Make In India' Making A Difference In Defence Sector
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2020-02-17T22:08:07+05:30

Last week, India’s biennial ­defence manufacturing ­exhibition, Defexpo 2020, was held in Lucknow, heart of the Uttar Pradesh defence-industrial corridor. UP CM Yogi Adityanath ­described it as the ‘Maha Kumbh’ of ­defence manufacturing. He was fascinated perhaps by the scale—unprecedented, with over 1,000 exhibitors, 15 lakh visitors, daily live demonstrations of military capability in mock operational setting, military cooperation-conference of defence ministers of 30 countries. The Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production and the UP government had done a commendable job. The growing array of ind­igenous military hardware on display indicates that Make in India is making a difference in the defence sector.

India was the highest defence ­imp­orter until 2018, when it climbed down a step from its long-held ­position. India’s defence sector has been open to direct private sector ­participation since 2001, but there wasn’t enough enthusiasm due to an indifferent policy and lack of access to...

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