New airbase coming up in Gujarat near India-Pakistan border to emerge as effective centre for country’s security: PM Modi at Defence Expo 2022 | India News

GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of a new airbase coming up in north Gujarat near India-Pakistan border and said it will emerge as an effective centre for the country’s security.
Speaking after inaugurating the Defence Expo 2022 in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar, Modi also said that defence forces will release a list of 101 more items that cannot be imported.
“Till eight years ago, we were identified as the biggest defence importer. Today we’re scripting a success story. Our exports gave increased 8 times – we are exporting to 70 countries,” said PM Modi
“Defence Expo is like a future window for our youth”, he added.
He also said with this 411 defence-related goods can only be procured locally.
“The biggest Defence Expo of the country so far has marked an emphatic beginning of a new future. I know that this has also caused inconvenience to some countries but several countries, with a positive mindset, have come with us,” PM said.
PM Modi also said BrahMos is considered the best in it’s class.
“This will give a major boost to the Indian defence industry,” he said.
He said Defence Expo is also about global good. Smaller countries might get benefitted from it.
“Manufacturers in defence sector don’t allow new players but India has made its space”, he said.
68% of our defence budget would be used for procurement of Indian defence products, said PM
The PM said he is delighted that when India is giving shape to these opportunities of the future, 53 African nations that are friends of India are standing shoulder to shoulder with us.
The PM also said this is an unprecedented DefExpo as only Indian companies are participating in it for the first time.
He said the air base coming up at Deesa in Banaskantha in North Gujarat will “emerge as an effective centre for the security of the country.
He also said that the exports of Indian defence products have increased eight times in the last few years.
The country has come a long way, as “earlier we used to release pigeons and now we release cheetahs”, he added.

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