Pune. 27 March 2019. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, today inaugurated the Defence Equipment Display at Aundh Military Station, Pune.General Rawat was accompanied by Lt Gen SK Saini, General Office Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Southern Command; General Ibra Boulama Issa, Dy Chief of Defence Staff, Niger and other senior Army officials from African Nations.
The equipment display was organised by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) jointly with the Army Design Bureau (ADB)on March 26 – 27, 2019 at Pune, concurrent to Africa – India Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX) 2019 which had participation of 17 African Nations.
The equipment display by Indian stakeholders showcased more than 300+ indigenous products covering Small Arms and Munitions; Surveillance and Security Management Equipment; Communication Equipment; Body Protection Armour; Light and Heavy Vehicles; Bullet Proof and IED Protected Vehicle; Simulators; IED Detection Equipment; System Engineering; Counter Terrorism related equipment and Prosthetics & Artificial Limbs that could be offered to the African Nations.
Major industry players who participated in the Equipment display included DRDO, OFB, BEL, BEML, Bharat Forge, SM Group, MKU Ltd. Other exhibitors were Altair Technologies, Economic Explosives, Narendra Explosives, GRSE, Midhani, Minerva Special Vehicles, Garware Chemicals, Nucleonix Systems, Entremonde Polycoaters, Rise Legs, Tonbo Imaging, Kotkar Energy Dynamics, Decagon, Vehant Technologies.
The display, opened on March 26, 2019, was visited by the army contingents from Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe besides senior officials from Southern Command and Army Headquarters.