DefExpo India- 2020 Current Affairs - 2020

DefExpo-2020 Outcomes reported at the Parliament

On March 16, 2020, the Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik submitted the outcomes of DefExpo-2020 at Rajya Sabha as a written reply. This year DefExpo-2020 was organized in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh under the theme

Theme: Digital Transformation of Defence

Outcomes

This year more than 856 domestic defence companies and 172 foreign companies participated at the DefExpo-2020. More than 200 partnerships and MoUs were signed at the exhibition. This includes 14 MoUs that were signed at the 5th India-Russia Defence Conference. The Uttar Pradesh Government alone signed 23 MoUS with an investment of Rs 50,000 crores. The investments are to be made in the UP Defence Corridor.

Benefits of the Event

The DefExpo-2020 is aligned with Make in India scheme. Therefore, 292 Indian MSMEs participated at subsidized rates. The event acted as a platform for the Defence start ups to show case their innovations.

Measures of GoI

The Government of India has taken several measures to increase Defence Exports and also improve growth of Defence industry. Two Defence Industrial Corridors were established one in Uttar Pradesh and other in Tamil Nadu.

Defence Investor Cell was created in 2018 to provide information and guidance to innovators, start ups, investors. FDI policy of defence sector was revised and 100% FDI were allowed through Government routes and 49% under automatic routes.

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India and Russia Defence Deals to cross 16 billion USD after DefExpo 2020

India and Russia have signed 14 MoUs during the DefExpo 2020. It included land, air, naval and other hi-tech civilian products. With the agreements signed the Defence trade between the countries is to cross 16 billion USD.

Highlights

The trade of 16 billion USD between the countries includes S400 missiles, Kamov helicopters and Kalashnikov rifles. During the DefExpo 2020, India’s DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) signed deals with the Russia’s state run Rosoboron Export on advanced pyrotechnic ignition systems.

India also signed agreements with Russia in order to localize the components used in Kamov Ka-226 helicopters. This is not Technology Transfer. On the other hand, the components used in the helicopter will be produced in India by Russian firm.

US Role

Despite the pressure from the US through CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions), India has proceeded to establish strong defence deals with Russia. In fact, Russia was the largest foreign contributor at DefExpo 2020.

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