Prime Minister inaugurates Defence Expo in Chennai


"We will work with you with a sense of mission to keep our defence forces equipped with state-of-the-art systems, and to create the necessary domestic manufacturing ecosystem", he said.

Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the tenth edition of the Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai.

"There was a time when critical issue of defence preparedness was hampered by policy paralysis".

The Prime Minister told that the Standard Operating Procedure for issue of export authorizations has been simplified and put in public domain. "We have also de-notified some items earlier made exclusively by Ordnance Factories, so that private sector, esp. MSMEs can enter this space", Modi said.

In May 2014, the total number of defence export permission granted stood at 118, for a total value of 577 million dollars.

The aircraft is on stand-by to take him to the IIT Madras campus, where the Prime Minister is expected to attend a programme at the adjoining Adyar Cancer Institute later in the day.

The expo is meant to send a signal to the rest of the world about India's capability to manufacture arms and ammunition and other accessories. The theme for this year's expo is "India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub", which seems appropriate as the country is steadily become more powerful in the field of defence.

Inaugurating Defexpo 2018 near Mahabalipuram on East Coast Road, Modi said that India had seen how the "laziness, incompetence or perhaps some hidden motives" can cause damage to the nation.

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