The expo was started on April 11 at Thiruvidanthai in Kancheepuram district on the East Coast Road near Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit in his concluding remarks said the occasion added flavour to the celebrations as it coincides with Tamil New Year and also with 127th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the principle architect of our Constitution.
Mr Purohit also thanked the people of Chennai and neighbouring areas for playing host and volunteers who have partnered and contributed to the success of the exhibition.
On the sidelines of the DefExpo India – 2018, indigenously designed and built Indian Naval Ships Sahydari – a stealth frigate, Kamorta – anti submarine warfare corvette, Sumitra – a naval advanced offshore patrol vessel, Airavat – an amphibious ship and Kirch – a missile corvette were kept ‘Open to Visitors’ at Chennai Port for the first time in the history of DefExpo from April 13 to 15, 2018.
The DefExpo witnessed four-days of hectic activities with underlined theme of ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ showcasing India’s capability in export of defence systems and components.
More than 670 exhibitors, including over 150 international exhibitors took part in the event.
The MSME sector had representation this time around 15 per cent.