The recently formed defence and strategic affairs think tank, ‘Catalytic’, is preparing to hold a defence technology expo between January 28 and 30 that will see the participation of technology suppliers with expertise in air, land, maritime, space as well as cyber warfare. The think tank has already received positive feelers from 106 top companies from 36 countries for the event titled Defence Force Multiplier Technology Expo – 2014. Many Indian companies that have established themselves in the defence production sector such as Bharat Forge as well as Mahindra and Mahindra in addition to companies aspiring to break into the sector such as Wipro, CISCO and Microsoft have expressed interest. The former Deputy Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ramesh Halagalli (retd.), who is one of the founders of Catalytic, said here on Monday that it’s going to be a toss-up between Bangalore and Pune to host the event. The former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Defence, V.K. Saraswat, also a member of Catalytic, recently held a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to discuss the possibility of the defence expo at Pune. “We received extremely encouraging signals from Mr. Chavan,” said G.S. Prashanth, another Catalytic member. He said that meetings have also been scheduled with senior functionaries of the Karnataka government to assess Bangalore’s preparedness for such an event.

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