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Assam: Guwahati to host Northeast’s first-ever defence tech expo


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DefExpo: In a major development, Northeast will host the region’s first-ever defence tech expo showcasing the latest weapons, vehicles and other equipment. Assam’s capital city Guwahati is gearing up to host the event in October.

A review meeting regarding the preparations was held between the Assam government and the top Army officials here on Friday (August 11), state Industries and Commerce Minister Bimal Borah said.

“Held a meeting along with GoC-in-C, Eastern Command Lt. Commander R Kalita to review the proposed defence expo Defence East Tech 2023 scheduled to be held for the first time in the North East on the 10th & 11th of October 2023 at Maniram Dewan Trade Center, Guwahati,” Borah wrote on X, previously known as Twitter.

The Minister said that this will be the first-ever defence technology exhibition showcasing cutting-edge weapons, vehicles and tech solutions ranging from assault rifles to military drones.

Over 200 indigenous manufacturers, startups and MSMEs will participate in the expo.

“This programme aligns with Hon’ble PM Adarniya Shri @narendramodi Ji’s #AatmaNirbhar Campaign realising the vision of a ‘Self-Reliant India’ and aims to promote and strengthen India’s domestic industries, especially in critical sectors like defence,” Borah said.

The expo is also expected to have a ripple effect by furthering the industrial development of the sector in the state and provide an opportunity to bring in investment and create jobs, the minister added.

India’s “biggest ever” defence exhibition – DefExpo 2022 was held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in October. The theme of the event was ‘Path to Pride’.

(With PTI inputs)

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