The 11th edition of Defexpo 2020 opens its doors on February 5th in Lucknow while Asia is confronted with a difficult situation due to the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover the national defence budget seems to be under pressure considering inflation, although some months ago the national government announced some extra-funding in order to modernise Indian Armed Forces. This year the exhibition is hosted in the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh and covers 42,000 m2, hosting 856 national exhibitors and 172 international companies from over 25 countries are lining up to showcase their products, numerous agreements between Indian and foreign companies having already been announced.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who put the focus on digital transformation as well as on made in India.
The new venue positively surprised exhibitors and visitors and marked a total revolution in terms of quality compared to the 2018 edition, which was held in Chennai, the capital of the Tamil Nadu state, the 2020 exhibition being probably the best one since the first, which took place in New Delhi in 2006.
A host of new systems, designed or made in India, were visible, Indian Armed Forces also showing their latest systems, such as the K-9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzer for the Army or the Rafale fighter for the Air Force, Indian DRDO proudly exhibiting the Mission Shakti anti-satellite missile, which first test took place in March 2019.
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