The sixth International Police Expo 2021 delivered on its promise. It drew attention to the growing advancement in policing and security equipment and the government’s apparent intent to localise related manufacturing. Coming on the closing heels of defence import ban of ammunition and weapon systems in a push for indigenisation, and the government’s move to form seven new companies out of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), the exhibition aimed at delivering on enhanced functional autonomy, efficiency and further growth potential and innovation in line with the government’s vision of improving the nation’s self-reliance. At the International Police Expo, this year, automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) made a beeline as they demonstrated the focus on police and security equipment.
This year, more than 80 companies across 15 countries displayed their innovative products and technology for the Police and other Armed Forces of India with technology showcases sourced from Singapore, Israel, USA, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, UAE, Sweden, Poland and other leading police and defence products manufacturing nations. Senior officers like DGPs, ADGPs, IGPs, DIGPs, IPS Officers, Army, Airforce, Coast Guards, NSG Commandos, SPG Commandos, Forensic Lab Scientists, Government Officials from State Police Forces, CAPFs, CPOs, SPG, NSG, Parliament Security, DRDO, Army Design Bureau, PSUs & Industry Stakeholders are known to be among the 3500+ visitors this year. The sixth edition was testimony to efforts for hedging pure automotive downturns with such unconventional, and non-automotive revenue streams. The all-terrain armoured vehicles, advanced systems, and sophisticated arms and ammunition were among the attractions at the expo. The attempt was to connect equipment manufacturers and technology developers with personnel worldwide and present the business opportunities under one roof.
KEY EXHIBITS THIS YEAR
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THE HYBRID AUGA M1
AUGA GROUP M1 HYBRID TRACTOR IS TESTIMONY TO THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY RAPIDLY TRANSITIONING TO A CARBON-NEUTRAL FUTURE. PRATEEK PARDESHI EXPLAINS THE TECHNOLOGY IN PRINCIPLE.
Ticking The Boxes
MUMBAI BASED DEALERSHIP FORTPOINT AUTOMOTIVE HAS EMERGED STRONGER FROM THE PANDEMIC. ASHISH BHATIA VISITED THE EICHER TRUCK AND BUS DEALERSHIP TO SEE HOW IT IS TICKING ALL THE BOXES FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION.
AFTER UNVEILING THE RANGE OF 21, A REGIONALLY ORIENTED TATA MOTORS MOVES TO A PHASE-WISE COMMERCIAL LAUNCH. PRATEEK PARDESHI FINDS OUT WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE CUSTOMER IN THE MAHARASHTRA LEG.
The LNG Puzzle
LIQUEFIED NITROGEN GAS IS SEEN AS AN ECONOMICAL AND ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY FOSSIL FUEL AT THE LNG INDIA SUMMIT. SUMESH SOMAN ASCERTAINS THE SCOPE IN LONG-DISTANCE TRANSPORTATION.
Third Generation John Deere
JOHN DEERE INDIA IS ASSURING FARMERS A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN OPERATIONS. PRATEEK PARDESHI LOOKS AT THE NEW INCLUSIONS UNDER THE HEADS OF ‘POWER’ AND ‘TECHNOLOGY’.
Setting The Bar Higher
VOLVO TRUCKS INDIA HAS SET THE BAR HIGHER WITH ITS HEAVY-DUTY RANGE OF FM AND FMX TRUCKS. ASHISH BHATIA GIVES A LOWDOWN ON THE STRATEGY BANKING ON THESE NEW WORKHORSES.
Sonalika Tiger Series
SONALIKA INTERNATIONAL TRACTOR LAUNCHES THE TREM-IV COMPLIANT TIGER TRACTOR SERIES. SUMESH SOMAN LOOKS AT THE STRATEGY TO ACCENTUATE THE HEAVY-DUTY RANGE.
Mahindra Yuvo Tech+
MAHINDRA FARM EQUIPMENT HAS LAUNCHED THE YUVO TECH+ TRACTOR SERIES. DEEPTI THORE CHECKS ON THE NEW ADDITION TO THE MIX.
New Decade New Goals
FM LOGISTICS RELEASED A NEW STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT DECADE. DEEPTI THORE FINDS OUT HOW THE COMPANY PLANS TO GO ABOUT SETTING AND ACHIEVING ITS GOALS.
Covestro CV Solutions
COVESTRO IS ROOTING FOR THE PENETRATION OF HIGH-TECH POLYMER MATERIALS IN CVS. PRATEEK PARDESHI DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE DIVERSE APPLICATIONS OF THE COMPANY’S SOLUTIONS.
THE ROADMAP TOWARDS A MODERNISED INFANTRY
Starting with automatic rifles, rocket launchers, sniper rifles, pistols, carbines, and ending with LMGs, the Indian Army needs brand new assault weapons for replacing the ageing Soviet-era vintage tools currently being used, explains
Powering Up India's Defence Manufacturing
Defence minister argues that reorganisation of Ordnance Factory Board is a gamechanger
THE MEGA ORDNANCE MAKEOVER
CAN THE RESTRUCTURING OF 41 ORDNANCE FACTORIES INTO SEVEN NEW DEFENCE PSUs GIVE INDIA’S DYSFUNCTIONAL MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX A NEW LEASE OF LIFE?
THE BEGINNING /THE END
Can Adrien van Hooydonk, hea d of BMW Group Design, really redefine the brand – or has he already… irrevocably?
Ordnance factories say the Army’s complaint against the quality of their ammunition is a ploy to promote privatisation
निगम बनाने की उलझन
केंद्र ने आयुध निर्माण बोर्ड के 41 कारखानों को बताया नाकारापन के अड्डे और कहा कि इनका निगमीकरण जरूरी, लेकिन इससे इलाज मर्ज से बदतर साबित होने का अंदेशा
THE CENTRE SAYS THE ORDNANCE FACTORY BOARD’S 41 FACTORIES ARE DENS OF INEFFICIENCY AND NEED TO BE CORPORATISED. BUT THE REMEDY COULD PROVE WORSE THAN THE DISEASE
Dhanush — ‘Make in India' Success Story
It was a challenge to develop the gun from voluminous blueprints and documents running over 12,000 pages but OFB took the challenge head-on by developing a gun which was about 20-25 per cent better than the original gun in parameters like range, accuracy, consistency, low and high angle of fire and shoot-and-scoot ability.
Army Chief Warns Loc Is Not Sacrosanct
In an interview with the Times of India, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said the Balakot air “strikes have delivered the message that the Line of Control (LoC) will remain sacrosanct as long as the other side remains quiet and does not vitiate the atmosphere.
Modernisation Of Artillery: Bigger Bang For The Buck
‘Future battlefield will be characterised by short and intense engagements requiring integrated and coordinated employment of all fire power resources including precision and high lethality weapon systems in a hybrid warfare environment.’