The Defense Research and Development Organization of India (DRDO) will showcase a wide range of 430 products encompassing strategic and tactical weapon systems, defense equipment and technologies developed during the five-day DefExpo 2022 which begins in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from Tuesday.
The main theme of this year’s DRDO participation is based on the 3D ecosphere (DRDO, designed and developed) which will highlight its strong links with industry and academia.
In addition, it will showcase the technological advancements made by its laboratories as well as its partnerships with industry, in recent years, while representing a high level of autochthony in advanced and futuristic defense products and technologies that contribute to Aatmanirbharta in the defense field.
The 12th edition of Asia’s largest defense event starting tomorrow highlights the ‘Path to Pride’ theme aligned with ‘India at 75’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, encouraging industry as well as citizens to join in and contribute to nation building.
It aims to deepen the narrative of “Make in India, Make for the World”. The global event will showcase a range of locally designed, developed, prototyped and produced land, naval, air and homeland security systems and technologies.
In addition, DRDO will showcase several initiatives aimed at deepening its strategic partnerships with industry and academia. These will include initiatives such as the Technology Development Fund, Dare to Dream, DIA – Centers of Excellence and other similar programs to help universities, start-ups, MSMEs and large industries to continuously improve levels of technological preparation of current and futuristic technologies in the country.
All these initiatives led by DRDO have led to the operational readiness of many Indian industries, especially in the fields of systems, radars, sonars, missiles, aircraft, etc. some of which will be exhibited at the DRDO pavilion, DefExpo22.
At DefExp2022, DRDO will feature numerous static exhibits, live demonstrations, seminars as well as immersive experience zones spread across three venues including Mahatma Mandir Convention & Exhibition Center, Helipad Exhibition Center and Sabarmati River Front.
The DRDO pavilion will be segmented into 17 display areas of different classes, including immersive areas and experience areas to showcase 376 products. These 17 areas are namely Engines & Propulsion, Aerospace & Aeronautics (drones, fighter jets, surveillance aircraft etc.), Sensors, Devices & Advanced Electronics, Weapons & Naval Systems (EW systems and Sensors), Armored Vehicles & Land Systems , Armaments, Firearms and Ammunition, Materials, Missiles (Cruise, MBRL, AAM, ATGM and MRSAM), BrahMos, Industrial partners in R&D (17 partners-3 start-ups and 14 MSMEs), soldier support and dual technologies usage (soldier support, LS products, fire protection, firefighting, fuel and energy, food products, etc.), experience area (simulator, virtual reality and audiovisual), AI and cyber software, academic area , academic outreach, industry outreach and public interface.
This year, several technologies developed for land, naval and air systems will be showcased in Experience Zones – an immersive closed-room cinematic experience. Initially, an advanced combat aircraft simulator (AMCA) will also be made available to discover, among other things, simulators of naval, land and air products in augmented and virtual reality. A holographic deck offering a 3D experience of more than 30 defense products will be present in the lobby to better understand the intricacies of weapon design.
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