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The INS Sumedha took part in the IDEX and NAVDEX

Published on February 20, 2023
Current context: INS Sumedha, a Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), recently participated in two major international defence exhibitions - the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) and the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) - held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The INS Sumedha took part in the IDEX and NAVDEX

  • As an indigenously built ship, INS Sumedha showcased India's advanced ship-building skills at the events.
  • IDEX, a biennial event held since 1993, is considered one of the largest defence exhibitions in the Middle East. It primarily focuses on defence technologies rather than defence products. During the exhibition, more than $4-5 billion worth of business is conducted, making it a significant platform for defence industries worldwide.
  • INS Sumedha, the third NOPV of its kind, can carry helicopters and is equipped with advanced surveillance and communication equipment. The first INS Sumedha was built in Goa and joined the Indian Navy in 2011, while the one that participated in the exhibition was recently commissioned in 2014.
  • India has set an ambitious target to achieve Rs 35,000 crores of defence exports by 2025, and is increasing its investment in the defence sector to achieve this goal. In the 2023-24 budget, the defence sector received the highest fund allocation, highlighting the government's commitment to boost the country's defence capabilities.
  • Participating in exhibitions like NAVDEX and IDEX allows India to showcase its advanced defence technologies and explore potential business opportunities with other countries. As India continues to develop its defence industry, events like these play a crucial role in promoting the country's capabilities on the global stage.

Question:

Q.1 Which of the following statements is true regarding INS Sumedha's participation in the recent defence exhibitions held in Abu Dhabi?
a. INS Sumedha is an imported vessel that showcased India's ship-building skills at the exhibitions.
b. The exhibitions focused primarily on defence products rather than defence technologies.
c. INS Sumedha is an indigenously built NOPV that can carry helicopters and showcased India's ship-building skills at the exhibitions.
d. IDEX is a monthly exhibition held in Abu Dhabi that has been in existence since 1993.

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