Military might on display

Make in India: Event draws crowds; blaze mars evening show

Military might on display

Replicas of high-tech field guns and missile launchers, light-combat aircraft, the under-construction aircraft carrier Vikrant, submarines, space satellites and launch vehicles drew crowds at the ‘Make in India’ week at the MMRDA grounds at the Bandra-Kurla complex in Mumbai.

On Sunday, several hundred people drew towards the venue to witness what is being described as the largest multi-sectoral exhibition of Asia, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Several of the exhibitions showcase key projects of the Centre like Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India, Skill India and Start-up India.

Besides the host state Maharashtra, 17 states including Karnataka, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh among others have put up stalls calling investors to invest in their states. In fact, Maharashtra is promoting defence ecosystsms and hubs in and around places like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur. 

At the defence PSUs pavilion, one of the major attraction is a field gun developed by the Kalyani Group, which after tests if put to production, could emerge as one of the most lethal components of the Indian Army.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has also showcased innovations like the short range optical target locater, besides a kit for bioremediation process uses the potential of microbes to degrade toxic moieties of petroleum hydrocarbon as their source of nutrition and energy.

The Indian Navy has put up a huge model of under-construction aircraft carrier Vikrant and the Kolkata-class and Delhi-class ships. The Mazagaon Dock Ltd among other things showcased the submarines that are under construction. The Indian space research organisation has put up modes of satellites and launch vehicles and launchpads. 

“The world is looking at the new investment destination and India has the potential to grab the opportunity to become the next investment destination. ,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

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