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Lucknow is all set to host the Defence Expo starting on February 5.

The five-day DefExpo, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Union Defence Minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh.

The theme of the event is “India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub”. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is leading the organising of the DefExpo in coordination with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The aim is to technological improvements in the defence secto rand provide countless opportunities for the government, private manufacturers and start-ups.

Jets like Rafale, which India will acquire from France, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, will brace Lucknow’s skyline during the Expo.

Indian fighter jets and helicopters would also be showcased during the five day event.

“The air show would be among the major attractions of DefExpo, which is why such measures have been undertaken. The fighter planes participating in the show would take off and land at the Chaudhary Charan Singh (CCS) Airport in Lucknow,” Sanjay Narain, spokesperson of Aiport Authority of India, told news agency IANS.

“The runway would be closed daily for two hours for the Defence Expo and commercial flights would have to be rescheduled. If the air force demands, the closure period could be extended.”

A mobile app made exclusively for the Defence Exposition 2020, was recently launched by Rajnath Singh. The event will conclude on February 9.

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