DefExpo 2018: Highlights from India's annual defence event showcasing military advancements More than 154 global players and 523 Indian defence companies participated in the recently concluded Defence Expo in Chennai. A number of tanks, aircrafts and other military equipment were on display. Here is a glimpse of some of them:
April 18, 2018 / 01:19 PM IST
Arjun Mk II | The main battle tank developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is armed with 120mm rifle gin which can fire 6-8 rounds per minute. The Arjun can carry 39 rounds in special blast-proof canisters. Along with that, a 12.7 mm AA machine gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun is also fitted on the tank. It requires a four-man crew to run and costs Rs 56 crore.
Light Combat Helicopter | Developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), it was proposed to deal with high altitude combat situations in the Northern part of the country. LCH with a narrow fuselage has pilot and co-pilot/gunner in tandem configuration incorporating a number of stealth features, armour protection, night attack capability and crash worthy landing gear for better survivability. The helicopter can fly at a max speed of 268 kmph and has a range of 550 km.
Clockwise from the left, Dornier, Hawk I and Hindustan Turbo Trainer | All of them developed by HAL, Dornier is a 19-seater multi-purpose light transport aircraft. The Hawk is a tandem-seat aircraft for ground attack, flying training and weapon training which can fly at over a 1000 kmph (0.84 mach). Hindustan Turbo Trainer is also a training aircraft currently being developed.
Indian Navy Seaking helicopter | Seaking helicopters manufactured by the British aerospace company Westland Helicopters. It has an operational speed of 207 kmph and has a range of 1230 km. The helicopter has been part of the Navy since 1970s as the primary anti-submarine helicopter.
Advanced Light Helicopters- Dhruv | The indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) is a twin-engine, multi-role, multi-mission new generation helicopter in the 5.5 ton weight class. The helicopters are being used by Sarang (means Peacock in Sanskrit) team of the Indian Air Force since 2003. Apart from that, more than 200 Dhruvs are operating with Indian Defence Forces in various capacities.
UXO handling Robot | This unmanned ordinance disposal robot based on mini digger is capable to handle, diffuse and detect Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) i.e. bombs and missiles up to 1000 kg remotely from of 1km line of sight. Developed by DRDO, it has six hours of endurance. UXOR has a multiple degree of freedom manipulator arm with cutting mechanism to defuse the UXO. (Pic: Strategic Frontier)