WATCH: PM Modi Takes Aim At A VR Shooting Range, Inspects Exhibits At Defence Expo 2020

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PM Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Defence Expo 2020. After making a speech there, he was seen inspecting some of the exhibits, including a VR shooting range

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Defence Expo 2020 at Lucknow. After making a speech there, he was seen inspecting some of the exhibits on display, stopping to try out a virtual shooting range.

Being guided by officials, the Prime Minister fired multiple rounds from a VR-equipped rifle, with the results seemingly reflecting on a screen before him. Such training simulators can be used to improve shooting skills without going in the field and without wasting actual bullets. 

Accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi were Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and UP CM Yogi Adityanath. He also witnessed live demonstrations of naval systems, aero systems and land systems.

'India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub'

The 11th edition of Defence Expo promises to bring new technologies and solutions on a single platform for defence manufacturing firms from India and abroad. The main theme of the Expo is 'India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub' and the focus will be on 'Digital Transformation of Defence'.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said delegates from 70 countries and 172 foreign military manufacturers will attend the five-day mega exhibition. As many as 856 Indian defence firms will also showcase their products. "We want to make India a hub of defence manufacturing. The DefExpo is a step in this direction," Singh said.

"Ministers from over 40 countries will take part in this edition of DefExpo, making it an important opportunity for countries to further strengthen defence ties with India, the Defence Minister said. Reflecting on the government's focus on 'Make in India', the DefExpo 2020 would offer an opportunity for the Indian defence industry to showcase its capabilities and promote its export potential.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his government has been encouraging defence manufacturing in the state. He said two Dornier aircraft of aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will be used by the state government for civil purposes on two routes. It will be for the first time that the 19-seater aircraft will be used by a state government for civilian purposes.

The fifth India-Russia Military Industry Conference will also be held on the sidelines of DefExpo with over 100 Russian and over 200 Indian industry leaders expected to participate.

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