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Pune expo to showcase military ware

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PUNE, March 6

THE latest defence equipment, including the Boors Gun and the T-72 tank, will be on display at the International Convention Centre grounds here from Thursday.

While the Defence Research and Development Organisation and DGQA will display some of the indigenously developed items, the major attraction is the 75-metre-long Sarvatra Bridge, developed by the Indian Army, which was on display during the Republic Day parade.

Brig. S. B. Ghorpade (Retd), Chairman, Defence Supplies Sub-committee, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, told newspersons that only 15 metres of the bridge would be showcased at the expo.

The show, which is part of the Pune Expo 2002 organised by the MCCIA from March 7 to 10, brings the entire spectrum of large, medium and small industries together on a common platform.

Brig. Ghorpade said that this was the first time that such a large number of entrepreneurs and SSIs, more than150 companies and 200 stalls, had been brought together in Pune and the presence of defence in this exhibition was to encourage and explore the opportunities of developing vendors for defence.

He said the defence sector had identified products for export to Malaysia and South Africa.

Brig. Ghorpade added that the expo would primarily showcase the growing agri-business opportunities in India and the potential for it in Pune.

The State Governor, Dr P.C. Alexander, will inaugurate the expo.

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