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Deputy Minister of Defence at DEFEXPO India 2020

Deputy Minister of Defence for Industrial Cooperation Mr. Tomáš Kopečný co-chaired the sixth meeting of the Czech-Indian Joint Defence Committee on 3 February in New Delhi. The Indian side was led by Mr. Apurva Chandra, Director General (Acquisition) and Additional Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Subsequently, Deputy Minister Tomáš Kopečný, together with Ambassador H. E. Milan Hovorka, held talks with Indian partners representing the Ministry of Defence, the Indian armed forces and Indian companies during the DEFEXPO India 2020 in Lucknow, on 5 - 8 February 2020. Czech companies took part in these meetings and participated as exhibitors at the fair on joint Czech exhibition stand.

Deputy Minister of Defence Tomáš Kopečný discussed a number of issues in the field of security policy, industrial cooperation and cooperation in training of staff at the sixth meeting of the Czech-Indian Joint Defence Cooperation Committee. Subsequently,  a number of Czech companies took part in meeting of the Czech and Indian defence industry at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi. Following Czech companies were present: TATRA TRUCKS, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, ELDIS, OMNIPOL, PBS Group, RETIA, SVOS and THT Ostrava CZ. On the Indian side the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) has secured the participation of large Indian companies: Adani, Reliance, Tata, Bharat Forge and Larsen & Toubro.

The Czech delegation then participated at the DEFEXPO India 2020 on 5 - 8 February in Lucknow. Czech delegation met and interacted with: Minister of State for Defence Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, Defence Secretary and Secretary for Defence Production Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, DG & Chairman od Ordnance Factory Board Mr. Hari Mohan, Chairman of  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Mr. R. Madhavan, Managing Director and Chairman of BEML Mr. D. K. Hota and Chairman of the Bharat Dynamics Mr. Siddharth Mishra.

In cooperation of the Czech companies PBS Group, RETIA, CzechTrade agency and Czech Embassy a joint exhibition stand was built to present Czech defence and security industry at DEFEXPO India 2020 trade fair. BS Group, under the auspices of the Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Tomáš Kopečný and the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India H. E. Milan Hovorka, organized a social evening event for representatives of important Indian companies and the Ministry of Defence as well as the Indian Air Force. On this occasion, the establishing a subsidiary PBS India was announced.