New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated DefExpo 2022 at Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat today. At the India Pavilion, the Prime Minister also unveiled HTT-40 – the indigenous trainer aircraft designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The aircraft has state-of-the-art contemporary systems and has been designed with pilot-friendly features. The Prime Minister also launched Mission DefSpace to develop innovative solutions for the Armed Forces in the space domain through industry and start-ups. He also laid the foundation stone of the Deesa airfield in Gujarat.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister welcomed the delegates to an event of a capable and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ both as a Prime Minister and as a son of Gujarat. Remarking on the organisation of the DefExpo 2022, the Prime Minister said it paints a picture of ‘New India’ and its capabilities whose resolve is being forged at the time of Amrit Kaal.
The Prime Minister, who also laid the foundation stone of the Deesa airfield in Gujarat, said that the forward airforce base will add to the security architecture of the country.
In the defence sector, the Prime Minister said, new India is moving ahead with the mantra of Intent, Innovation and Implementation.
In his address, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh described ‘Path to Pride’ as not just a theme of DefExpo 2022, but also a new objective of a ‘New India’ which is strong and ‘Aatmanirbhar’.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel, Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar were among those present on the occasion.