The first event of Defence Expo 2018 on April 11, 2018 at Tiruvidanthal, Kanchhepuram District, inaugurated by Raksha Mantri, was attended by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff.
On April 11, 2018, Chief of the Army Staff attended the Ninth International Conference on Aerospace and Defence and later attended another seminar on 'Designing Solutions to Battlefield Necessities: The Warrior Speak'. Chief of the Army Staff during his address in the later Seminar appreciated the academic institutions of India as they have always been engaged in some of the most promising research activities that could result in revolutionary changes in availability of indigenous technologies. He further appreciated the efforts of Indian defence manufacturers, academia, industry and scientific community for joining hands in the effort to realise the dream of Make in India.
On April 11-12, 2018, Chief of the Army Staff interacted with myriad representatives from Governments, scientific community, academia, designers and developers.
Chief of the Army Staff as the Chief Guest in Seminar 'Defence Industries Corridor-Unleashing the Start-up & MSMEs' appreciated their confidence, emphsised that 'Indian Army shall Win Future Wars with Indian Solutions' and conveyed that Indian Army will do necessary hand-holding for them to succeed.
Chief of the Army Staff conveyed that Indian Army will always act as catalyst for indigenisation and will always inspire swift modernisation.
- Col Aman Anand and Manoj Tuli