9th Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition – 2016 or DefExpo India 2016, sees military hardware on display brought in by both local and international arms and ammunition companies.
Pragati Maidan, Delhi which has hosted the first eight versions of the biannual event will not be hosting DefExpo India 2016. The Expo moves to Goa, the home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. To be held from February 17-20, 2016, the event will be conducted on allotted land at Betul, about 24 kms from Margao, in South Goa.
While DefExpo India has always been held at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, the shift to Goa has nothing to do with the fact that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was earlier Chief Minister of Goa prior to his appointment as Defence Minister. The new location is due to a new Convention Center being constructed at the location which had already been intimated by Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the commerce and industry ministry body that owns Pragati Maidan.
Goa government has allotted empty land for the show where on temporary structures will be erected. The custom’s department has also confirmed setting up of customs infrastructure to clear all arms and ammunition besides other defence equipment which will be brought in for the show.
Conducting the show at Pragati Maidan has posed numerous problems for exhibitors in the past having to contend with faulty wiring, monkey menace and seepage of water into display areas during the rains. DefExpo India 2016 is expected to draw in over 400 defence companies while the new location has been met with enthusiasm with about 50 percent of the display area already sold out.