India postpones exhibition on defense during Russia-Ukraine war

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India has indefinitely postponed its flagship defense expo, DefExpo-2022, apparently due to the global situation resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

DefExpo2022 was to be held in Gandhinagar from March 10-14 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to preside over its inaugural ceremony.

“Due to logistical issues faced by participants, the DefExpo-2022 proposed to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from March 10 to March 14 is postponed. New dates will be communicated in due course,” Defense Ministry spokesman A Bharat Bhushan Babu announced on March 4.

The biannual event offers the global defense industry the opportunity to come together in India, which is one of the world‘s largest markets for military equipment. This is an exhibition on land, naval and homeland security systems.

Prime Minister Modi was expected to signal India’s renewed emphasis on ending its dependence on imports and the commitment of the global defense industry to participate in building a military-industrial complex locally. India was positioned at this first exhibition as the world’s emerging defense manufacturing hub.

Although the Defense Ministry spokesman did not specify the reason for the postponement, sources confirmed that the concern of prominent participants over the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine forced the decision. The first event attracts the participation of ministerial delegations and military leaders from around the world, in addition to the who’s who of the global arms industry.

Last week, the Indian Air Force pulled out of Exercise Cobra Warrior 22, a multinational air combat exercise due to be held at Waddington in the UK from March 6-27. This decision was also forced by the war in Ukraine.


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