Come Saturday and you will be able to witness defence prowess of more than 45 countries, including India, at the Defexpo India 2018. It is an international land, naval and internal homeland security systems exhibition to be held in Chennai for the first time from April 11 to 14. But it is open to the general public only on Saturday, April 14. The Tamil Nadu government has allocated land on the East Coast Road at Thiruvidanthai, near Mamallapuram.

The exhibition is set to showcase the strengths of India’s defence public sector and uncover the country’s growing private industry. It will see participation from 47 countries including the US, the UK, Russia, Afghanistan and Sweden, Finland, Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, Seychelles and Vietnam. The total area for the exhibition is close to 2,90,000 sq ft, which is the largest among all exhibitions so far. About 701 exhibitors are expected to participate, including 539 Indian firms and 163 international firms.

You should watch out for India’s indigenously developed land, air and naval systems for the first time. This include the Tejas fighter jets, advanced towed artillery gun systems (ATAGS) designed by the DRDO Arjun Mark 2 tank, Dhanush artillery guns.

The entry to the DefExpo on Saturday is free for general public and you need to carry your valid ID for security check at the entrance.

LocationLand of Arulmigu Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple, adjacent to Vadanemmeli Sagaya Matha Church, Thiruvidanthai, East Coast Road

Timings: April 14, 9 am to 5 pm