The three day 19th edition of the Expo was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Home Mr. Kiren Rijiju, on 19 September in front of a gathering of security professionals. The prime thrusts of the Expo is on, ‘Made in India’ and ‘Make in India’. The Expo will run till the 21 September, 2016
The India Trade promotion Organisation is conducting the exhibition with the aim of providing all stakeholders an opportunity to gain information about security gadgets, fire safety, opto-electronic sights, night vision devices, specialised clothing, training simulators, NBC Warfare, cyber security and disaster management.
The Expo has attracted a fairly large number of companies who have developed, manufactured and marketed various products, in use primarily by central armed police forces, state police forces, and private security agencies. Some of the products have been inducted by the armed forces also, especially in the areas of sighting devices, training simulators and items of clothing for extreme weather conditions.
In the area of training simulators, Zen Technologies Private Ltd has a fairly wide range of simulators on display. Its range of products have universal application and are of in use with the Central Armed Police Forces, State Police Forces and also the armed forces. The display includes simulators for small arms, machine guns, 81 mm Mortars, and a host of other weapon system. The most imposing of its simulators is Combat Training Centre (CTC). The CTC is a comprehensive congregation of simulators in an area of approximately 60 X 30 meters for training of personnel on their personal weapons as also almost the entire range of battalion support weapons.
There is also a Containerised Tubular Shooting Range where small arms can be fired. With non availability of land for constructing of ranges, the containerised range offers a practical solution.
Zen has also on display its war gaming model which is being developed from battalion to the highest formation levels. It is capable of conducting and assessing an exercise both with and without troops. All three aspects of tactical, virtual and war gaming simulation are possible on this model
The government agencies are also represented in strength at the Expo. The CISF is present both outside and inside the pavilions. While its band plays melodious tunes outside, there is arrangement for display of martial arts and trained dogs, inside. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries has also opened an outlet to provide information to visitors. The Delhi Fire Services and even the Indian Space Research Organisation have set up booths to acquaint visitors with their role and achievements.
Among other private industries is the ARRUTH Group formed by Ardmel and Frontier Protective Wear Pvt Ltd coming together. They have a wide range of clothing for the security forces to include material suitable for extreme weather conditions. The categories include three layered extreme cold clothing, clothing tailored to the requirements of Special Forces, anti and non flame retardant varieties of combat clothing, anti G suits for fliers. Some of their items are already in service in other armies and a few have already been supplied to Indian Security Forces. Ardmel’s items like the face mask and sleeping bags for Siachin like zones have also undergone user trials.
Large numbers of industries have displayed opto-electronic equipment. Among them are Bharat Electronics Limited and Tonbo Imaging. The sights include thermal imaging, passive night sights and night vision binoculars.
The Indian Army is still carrying on with rather heavy old pattern helmets. At the Expo are various helmets of light weight fibre that provide both protection and allow for mounting of various systems to include sights and situational awareness hardware.
The security sector as a whole is faced with the challenges imposed by dearth of skilled manpower, while simultaneously absorbing technology. However, there is no representation of Sector Skill Councils. It would be quite pertinent to have the concerned Skill Councils participating in an event like this. Interaction between the industry and the skill councils would pay substantial benefits in designing of courses.
The Indian aspiration of being a net provider of security in the region can only witness fruition if we are able to manage our internal security situation, ably. The Annual International Security Expo at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi is essentially a reiteration of our objective to handle our internal security adequately with both soft and hard power.