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DRDO makes a big push at Seoul defence show

The central government seems to be shedding its reluctance about the country becoming an arms exporter. Till now, it was chary about what to sell to whom. The first inkling of this course change was available in Seoul, South Korea where the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, 2013 (Adex ’13) is being held since 29 October till 3 November.

Here the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have made its presence felt in full regalia. Also present, are its partners like Tata Power (Strategic Electronics Division), along with Bharat Electronics Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, and Bharat Dynamics Ltd, besides others.

‘Adex 2013 is a major international exhibition of aerospace and defence systems. More than 330 exhibitors from 33 countries are participating in the event. India is displaying state-of-the-art DRDO systems at an international event for the very first time. Some of the major products/systems on display are Akash-air defence system, Tejas-light combat aircraft and its variants, expandable high speed aerial target-Abhyas, airborne early warning and control system-AEW&C, advanced radars, sonar and communication system,’ the DRDO spokesperson, Ravi Gupta said.

He added, ‘Also on display is the explosive detection kit (EDK) developed by DRDO and already being produced in India that was recently launched in USA after the technology for its manufacture was transferred to an American firm. A large number of products developed by DRDO and produced by Indian Industry including those being displayed at Adex’ 13, have immense export potential.’

On top of these, the exhibition is hosting two ‘interaction sessions’ on successive days on the themes, ‘Indo-Korean Defence Summit’ on Wednesday and ‘DRDO Korean Defence Industry Meet’ on Thursday.

Making the opening remarks at the ‘Indo-Korean Defence Summit,’ Avinash Chander, the scientific adviser to the defence minister,  said,  ‘DRDO has a very pragmatic view and supportive of co-development and co-production with friendly foreign countries by sharing of cost, expertise and technologies. This is where Indian and Korean capabilities can be complemented to produce advanced cutting edge defence systems. At Adex, I look forward to the future opportunities to forge partnerships.’
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