INDIA. Mumbai: Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt on Wednesday said that no one has the courage to cast an evil eye on India, which is well equipped and is in a position to give an immediate response to any threat.
Bhatt was speaking to the media after inaugurating the “ Materials Engineering and Technology and Advances in Heat Treatment” (MET & HTS 2022), a global conference and exhibition on Defence, Transportation, and Energy, organized at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) at Goregaon in North Mumbai, till November 04. Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant was present.
“ We are supplying equipment, rockets, missiles, fighter jets, tanks, rifles, and ammunition in large quantities. We used to ask other counties for defence products earlier. Today India is in the league of the top 25 countries exporting defence equipment and weapons. The world is surprised that we are giving this to others,” Bhatt said.
“India has emerged as a leader in every sphere, including the water, land, and air, under the guidance of Prime minister Narendra Modi,” he added.
When asked about the China issue, Bhatt didn’t give a direct reply to the question. Instead, he said he was not authorized to speak on some issues.
Pradeep Goyal, Chairman Organizing Committee, “MET & HTS 2022,” said, “Today, the technology-driven world is leading towards competitive economies. The Heat treatment has changed beyond recognition. These changes have been driven by a better understanding of the underlying science, increasing demand for quality products, and social factors such as environmental and sustainability considerations”.
Dr. Samir Kamat, Chairman DRDO, Vice Admiral R Swaminathan, Director General Naval Projects, Western Naval Command; Air Vice Marshal S K Jain, Major General Rakesh Manocha, and S P Shukla, President, Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) participated in the inaugural function.
The conference, with the theme: “Emerging Materials for Defence and Infrastructure,” has drawn eminent speakers from India and abroad who are expected to deliberate and exchange ideas on key issues. The conference has nearly 350 exhibitors, 120 speakers, and 600 delegates from India and abroad.
MET is the comprehensive business platform across the manufacturing value chain for the Defence, Transport and Energy sectors. The exhibition showcases the latest and key developments in these sectors to the global audience.
The Innovation Pavilion at the exhibition is hosting and displaying products, services, and models by start-ups, young entrepreneurs, and students from IITs and other engineering colleges. There is a Student Outreach Program to encourage final-year students from the Metallurgical Engineering stream.
Global Enterprises from the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, and South Africa are participating in the conference and exhibition, which focuses on new materials and process developments, theories, and computational models.
Other participants include Defence PSUs, DRDO, Railways, CSIR, DST, JSW, Reliance Industry Limited Triton EV, TATA group, Mahindra and Mahindra, Bharat Electronics, and others.