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DRDO to showcase 430 products as DefExpo2022 starts tomorrow

Several technologies developed for land-based, naval and air-based systems will be showcased through experience zones (File image)

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India will display a wide range of 430 products encompassing the strategic and tactical weapon systems, defence equipment and technologies developed in the five-day DefExpo 2022 which begins in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar from Tuesday.

The major theme for this year’s DRDO participation is based on 3D (DRDO, Designed and Developed) ecosphere which will highlight its strong linkages with both industry as well as academia.

Further, it will showcase the advancements in technologies made by its laboratories as well as its partnerships with the industry, in recent years while representing a high level of indigenousness in advanced and futuristic defence products and technologies that contribute towards Aatmanirbharta in defence.

The 12th edition of Asia’s largest defence event starting tomorrow highlights the theme ‘Path to Pride’ aligned with ‘India at 75’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, encouraging the industry as well as the citizens to join in and contribute towards nation-building.

It aims to further the narrative of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’. The overall event will showcase a range of indigenously designed, developed, prototyped, and produced land, naval, aero and homeland security systems and technologies.

In addition, DRDO will showcase several initiatives to deepen its strategic partnerships with industry and academia. These will include initiatives such as Technology Development Fund, Dare to Dream, DIA – Centres of Excellence and other similar schemes to support academia, startups, MSMEs and large industries to continuously upgrade technology readiness levels of present and futuristic technologies in the country.

All these DRDO-led initiatives have led to the operational readiness of many Indian industries, especially in the areas of systems, radars, sonars, missiles, aircraft, etc. some of which will be displayed at the DRDO Pavilion, DefExpo22.

At DefExp2022, DRDO will provide numerous static displays, live demonstrations, seminars as well as immersive experience zones spread across three locations including the Mahatma Mandir Convention & Exhibition Centre, Helipad Exhibition Centre, and Sabarmati River Front.

The DRDO pavillion will be segmented in 17 display zones of various classes including Immersive Zones and Experience Zones to showcase 376 products. These 17 zones are namely Engines & Propulsion, Aerospace & Aeronautics (UAVs, fighter aircraft, aircraft for surveillance etc.), Sensors, Devices & Advanced Electronics, Naval Weapons & Systems (EW systems and Sensors), Armoured Vehicles & Land Systems, Armament, Guns & Ammunition, Materials, Missiles (Cruise, MBRLs, AAM, ATGM & MRSAM), BrahMos, Industry Partners in R&D (17 Partners-3 Start-ups &14 MSMEs), Soldier Support and Dual-Use Technologies (Soldier support, LS products, Fire protection, Firefighting, Fuel & Energy, Food products etc.), Experience Zone (Simulator, Virtual Reality and Audio-Visual),  Software AI & Cyber, Academic Zone, Academic Outreach, Industry Outreach and Public Interface.

This year, several technologies developed for land-based, naval and air-based systems will be showcased through experience zones – a closed room immersive cinematic experience. In a first, Advanced Combat Aircraft (AMCA) simulator will also be made available to experience, among other augmented and virtual reality Naval, Land and Air product simulators. A holographic deck providing a 3D experience of over 30 defence products will be present at the hall to gain insights into the intricacies of weapon designs.

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