New Delhi. 05 February 2024. As the world observes the dynamic intersection of technology, security, and geopolitics, India, a key player in defence and space, is gearing up for the second edition of DefSAT 2024, organized by SIA-India. This conference, dedicated to charting a roadmap for a modern and future-ready sector, aligns with the visionary goals set by the Prime Minister and the Defence Ministry, safeguarding India’s aspirations and interests. Taking place from 7th to 9th February 2024 at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, DefSAT 2024 will convene nearly 500 visionaries, thought leaders, and stakeholders, fostering an unparalleled convergence of expertise from government agencies, armed forces, policymakers, space industry leaders, technology innovators, and diplomats.

The event boasts a lineup of notable speakers and dignitaries, adding to its prestige and depth. These include H.E. Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh, Governor of Uttarakhand; Gen Anil Chauhan, Chief of Defence Staff; Dr Samir Kamat, Chairman of DRDO; Dr Ajay Kumar, Former Secretary Ministry of Defence, Padmashree Dr Shailesh Nayak, Director of NIAS; Lt Gen V Khandare, Principal Advisor to the MoD, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Mr Philip Green, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Former Secretary Ministry of Defence, Air Marshal GS Bedi, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd), Former DG (FIS)  and Dr PK Jain, Director, PMAD, IN-SPACe. Their presence and insights are invaluable, offering participants a unique opportunity to engage with leaders at the forefront of defence and space technology.

“DefSAT 2024 unfolds at a crucial juncture as India readies itself to harness robust space capabilities for self-reliance in defence technology. The exclusive IndSpace Exercise, a simulated, scenario-based, interactive tabletop wargame conducted in collaboration with esteemed Defence Think Tanks and DefSat knowledge partners CENJOWS, CAPS, CLAWS, and NMF is the second in a series of many such exercises to be unfolded periodically, that scrutinizes the space industry’s capability to respond to contingencies and crises. With the active participation of the Services, MoD, ISRO, DRDO, INSPACe, NSIL, NDMA, Niti Aayog, Industry, Startups, and Academia, the conference aims to catalyze immediate actions and chart a strategic roadmap coordinated by clear policies, forward-looking planning, and an interdisciplinary approach.” Dr Subba Rao Pavuluri, President, SIA-India.

“DefSAT 2024 stands as a unique platform to address the transformative necessities outlined in the realm of defence space capabilities. It goes beyond being a mere intellectual exchange and emerges as a call to action, offering a unique opportunity to delve into discussions on decision-centric warfare, autonomous systems, and the integration of AI in the military domain, including the principles of Mosaic Warfare. Supported by top government departments, organizations, and industry leaders, DefSAT 2024 is poised to become a confluence of cutting-edge discussions, workshops, and wargames, propelling India’s defence space capabilities to new heights.” – Lt Gen PJS Pannu, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Chairman, Defence Space Committee, SIA-India 

SIA-India is proud to have support from pivotal government entities and esteemed organizations such as Niti Aayog, ISRO, NSIL, IN-SPACe, DoT, DRDO, and Ministry of Defence. The agenda spanning three days, offers insightful deliberations in comprehensive sessions on diverse defence space topics, including interactive exercises and industry roundtables for practical insights and collaborative discussions