News India’s biggest weapons exhibition, Defexpo 2018, sees dip in participation of foreign manufacturers

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Number of weapons manufacturers who will participate in the Defexpo this year has dipped sharply as compared to the last time it was held.

Compared to over 1000 participants last time, the Defexpo 2018 will only see 671 manufacturers this year. The Defexpo is biggest biannual exhibition in India that showcases naval and land-based weapons systems manufactured by Indian and foreign weapon makers.

Defexpo 2018 will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 13.

The number of participants in Defexpo is an indication of the interest that manufacturers have for the Indian defence market. India is one of biggest importer of weapons and defence platforms.

“Participation of foreign defence manufacturers have dipped by at least 10 per cent,” Additional Secretary Defence Production Subash Chandra said.

Compared to 490 foreign companies that participated in Defexpo 2016 only 154 companies are participating this year.

There is a silver lining however; participation of Indian manufacturers has gone up.

“Nearly 15 per cent of the total exhibition space has been booked by Medium and Small Manufacturing Enterprises,” Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production said.

The dip in exhibitors at Defexpo 2018 comes at a time when it almost clear that government is unlikely to go in for any big ticket weapons system acquisition.

With Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, the government is reluctant to get drawn into a controversy over weapon system purchases.
 
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Murali Krishnan

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The reason may be no forthcoming big defense deal or changing the venue at the last minute for less foreign companies but it is good that more Indian companies are participating this time especially the high number of MSMEs.
 
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Revelation

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Dhongress is deliberately accusing the government of corruption in Rafale deal because it wants ro slow down India's military modernisation as it is an enemy trojan horse on ISI-CIS payroll. Pappu must remember that never ever shall he or his party will come back to power.

Its time to take defence budget to 3% of the GDP and fast track weapon acquisitions for the coming war. Our aim must be no less than total annihilation of the very existence of Pornistan
 
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Revelation

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India's bureaucracy and flip-flops has earned lot of bad points and that's the simple reason foreign players are sitting out
 
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Ravi Rajput

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#DefExpo18 671 exhibitors have confirmed their space booking in DefExpo as on March 30, 2018. These include 517 Indian exhibitors and 154 international exhibitors. Nearly 15% of the total exhibition space has been booked by MSMEs.

#DefExpo18 7 official delegations from different countries confirmed participation. 13 of these are at Ministerial level from USA, UK, Afghanistan, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, Vietnam.

#DefExpo18 Major international companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing (USA), Saab (Sweden), Airbus(France), Rafael (Israel), Rosonboron Exports, United Shipbuilding (Russia), BAE Systems (UK), Sibat (Israel), Wartsila (Finland), Rhode and Schwarz (Germany) among others.

#DefExpo18 Indian participation include majors like Tata, L&T, Kalyani, Bharat Forge, Mahindra, MKU, DRDO, HAL, BEL, BDL, BEML, MDL, GRSE, GSL, HSL, MIDHANI, Ordnance Factories, and many others.

source: https :// twitter. com/writetake
 
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Deepak Hegde

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What else is expected ? Every single acquisition has been reduced to a joke by the Govt with cancellations of tenders midway with no rhyme or logic. All arms companies know now that nothing is going to come through anyway will the elections are over in 2019 and even this Govt is just a puppet till the end of elections. India has lost all credibility and even those who are coming in are coming in just to be polite. India is more bothered with keeping bureaucrats happy by following ridiculously complicated procedures which serve no purpose. Be it Congress or BJP no party is really bothered for the nation.Turkey started negotiations for the S-400 systems with Russia well after India, but they not only selaed the order, but also paid advance and got to manufacture the missiles in Turkey. Compared to that India does not get any mfg in India and still keeps haggling inspite of ordering more systems than Turkey. That's how efficient our acquisition systems are !
 
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Avinash

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India has hundreds of years of time to decide, "Who is in a Hurry", with many body rolls and retreat check points awaiting to hit; and that too if remains quite less enjoying a signed Check will see a bankrupt account due to escalating time and hence the cost. This is story which is waiting to mar and has marred the defence deals for almost year after year. Why would a Foreign defence company come and invest, if it already knows India wants the Machine in less time and by the time contract will reach they (the company) will have almost threshold reaching at their manufacturing venues and what will be the result- the Indian government rushing to dump the deal. How creative!!
 
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Problem is place and heat nobody wants to go to those places where there is humidity and heat both. Bangalore is the ideal place for the defense Expo.People like the place and many hotels and infrastructure is available.People are also nice and after defence Expo people can spend quality time.
 
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Sandy

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In tamilnadu water is also not available only sea water and extreme heat and humidity. Foreigner don't like such places Hydrabad is also nice place. Chennai very humid.
 
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Victor

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With no adequate defense budget allotted to spend, prominent deals like Antitank missile Spike cancelled at the last moment, Strategic deals like MMRCA hanging for almost last two decades even after thorough testing and due deliberations, Foreign companies after selection and going through all process and trials are refused the award of tender at last moment like for IWI LMG's etc (were to be made in India at their facility here in JV with Punj Lyod) definitely do not send good signals or vibes to industry. What else the defense ministry was expecting. Even if the Indian MME & SME are not seasoned and pampered with orders they will also lose interest and exit the sector. If they do not have money to sustain then forget about any new research & development happening or they developing any new indigenous product of their own next time.
 
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harish jyala

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Forget about foreigner and find out how many indian manufacturer are participating
 
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Nilay Mazumdar

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Good news, I want to see Indian companies, not foreign firms, it's a good sign and first step in removing the tag of world largest imported or weapons and becoming self reliable.
 
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Rinne Tensei

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Foreign companies are not coming because they know india have modi and can make almost all weapons in house. whoever coming they are here to co operate with indian companies as a contributor not just for sales.
 
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Cowboy

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Not revealing venue or exact date until a couple of months before the exhibition gets exactly this result. The exhibitors have to plan their participation well in advance, allocate people, ship material, book hotels and so on. It has been known for a couple of years that DSA in Kuala Lumpur is on April 16-19 but no-one knew where, when or even if DefExpo would take place. Surprised they prioritized DSA?
 
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Pavan Kumar

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If we want to be taken seriously by defense companies or countries, we should overhaul our procurement process and get rid of the bad image we have currently.
 
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Dan Saw

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numbers dont jive on one hand it says 671 Cos. as compared to 1000, then later on the article mentions 10 % dip.
 
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J.Arandas

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The reason may be no forthcoming big defense deal or changing the venue at the last minute for less foreign companies but it is good that more Indian companies are participating this time especially the high number of MSMEs.
Or it simply could be India's lethargic attitude towards concluding the defense deals. Amit Cowshish, an analyst with IDSA once said that foreign OEMs will ultimately lose interest if India keeps on floating and repeatedly cancelling tenders. No company wants to commit its resources and manpower for years together just for advertising or lobbying purposes only to be informed that the tender has been cancelled.
C-17, Mid air refuellers, MMRCA, FICV armored vehicles, assault rifles are just some examples where India has placed many RFIs only to be cancelled later.
 
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