UK to have major presence at DEFEXPO

Published on Jan 27, 2006 07:59 PM IST

Over 15 UK firms will demonstrate their defence industrial capabilities and technology to potential customers in India.

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The United Kingdom's defence industry will have a major presence at the DEFEXPO 2006 which will begin in New Delhi's Pragati Maidan from January 31.

Over 15 UK companies will demonstrate UK defence industrial capabilities and technology to potential customers and partners in India in the four-day expo.

Lord Drayson, British Minister for Defence Procurement, who leads the UK delegation, for his first official visit to India said: "British companies continue to be at the forefront of technological innovation, offering highly capable equipment at competitive prices. This has helped them achieve a major share of the global defence market. By attending this exhibition in such strength they show their commitment to the important Indian market."

This will be the sixth UK Defence Ministerial visit to India since 2003. During his visit Lord Drayson will meet Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss a wide range of bilateral defence issues.

Representatives from Indian and UK Government, military and industry will discuss a wide range of defence procurement and industrial developments at the 3rd Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and UK Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) defence industry seminar in New Delhi a day before the exhibition.

Also visiting will be Malcom Howarth, the Regional Director for India in DESO (Defence Export Services Organisation), UK and Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Mackay, DESO's Senior Military Adviser.

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