8th Defence Expo was organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from 6 February 2014 to 9 February 2014.The DefExpo was Organised by the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was the event manager of the DefExpo 2014.
The four-day DefExpo showcased emergence of India as an attractive destination for investment in the Defence Sector and provides a platform for alliances and joint ventures in the Defence Industry. The exhibition was dedicated to global Land, Naval and Internal Security Systems business activity from Suppliers to Manufacturers and Technology providers to Services. It was the largest exhibition for the defence companies of world to display their land, sea and air capabilities at a single exhibition.
A total of 624 companies from 30 countries displayed weapon systems for the Army, Navy and Internal Security during the DefExpo. There were 12 country pavilions from France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, UK and USA.
Major participants are from Russia, France and Israel besides Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, UK and USA.
The DefExpo was conceptualised in 1998 with an objective to promote defence exports from India and exhibit the capabilities of Indian Defence R&D and production. The first exhibition was held in 1999 and subsequently in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. While a modest 197 exhibitors participated in the first DefExpo, the biennial event featured 624 exhibitors in its 8th edition in 2014. Russia is the biggest participating country in terms of indoor and outdoor space occupied. Russia is also represented with the maximum number of 37 companies.