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DefExpo 2020: India’s target in Defence Sector is 5 billion USD in next 5 years

The 11th edition of DefExpo (Defence Exhibition) was inaugurated by PM Modi on February 5, 2020. At the inaugural speech, PM Modi announced that India will work towards increasing its Defence economy to 5 billion USD.

Highlights

India announced at the DefExpo that it has aimed to develop 25 products based on Artificial Intelligence in next 5 years. India recently shifted towards “Assemble in India” from “Make in India”. Therefore, the new mantra was coined at the DefExpo called “Make in India, for India and for the world”. This is because, “Assemble in India” aims at importing raw materials and assembling in India and exporting the finished goods to different parts of the world.

Targets set

India had already set an export target of Rs 35,000 crores in next 5 years. At the DefExpo, India has announced to improve the sector to 5 billion USD sector. India is very much capable of achieving such ambitious targets. This is because in the last two years the defence exports of the country has been increased to Rs 17,000 crores.

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India-South Korea hold meeting to enhance Bilateral Security Cooperation

On January 4, 2020, the defence ministers of India and South Korea discussed ways to enhance bilateral security cooperation in the field of defence industries and research and development.

Highlights

During the defence ministers meet held between India and South Korea, several possible areas of cooperation in the field of defence industry were listed. The countries also discussed about investment in Defence Industrial Corridors in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Defence Industrial Corridors

The Government of India has set up Defence Industrial Corridor in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Corridors facilitate efficient industrial base and aims at increasing defence production in the country. They aim at ensuring connectivity between different defence industrial units.

The Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor aims to connect six cities namely Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Chitrakoot, Jhansi and Aligarh. Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor includes five cities namely Hosur, Salem, Chennai, Trichy and Coimbatore.

Significance

It is essential for India to maintain cordial relations with South Korea for its strategic location in China Sea. Also, India is currently developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea. Indian Army has inducted K-9 Vajra howitzers that has roots in South Korea. K9 is currently deployed in the border of Pakistan.

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