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Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen at the joint statement on the occasion of the Shangri La Dialogue 2016 | Photo: Saurabh Joshi/StratPost

Here’s why the first India-Singapore defense industry joint working group held last May didn’t include Singapore’s biggest defense company.
Denel exhibit at DefExpo 2016. Denel Asia, it says. | Photo: StratPost

Facing a row because of ties to the South African Gupta family, Denel resurfaced in India as an exhibitor at DefExpo 2016 after years of blacklisting.

A rough guide to India’s biennial land and maritime defense exhibition, DefExpo 2014. You’re welcome.

The Delhi High Court has dismissed the challenge filed by Israel Military Industries (IMI) to its blacklisting, saying there was no merit in its petition.

Blacklisting is the politician’s response to cop out of responsibility for ensuring a corruption free defense acquisition process, that serves no purpose for either the Indian armed forces or the taxpayer, and is effectively the application of rules that govern the PWD (Public Works Department).

Unsurprisingly, India’s two largest defense suppliers are also the biggest exhibitors at the show. Israel has taken up the most space at the show with 1,293 square meters and Russia brings the largest number of companies to the show, with the count at 37.

“The hearing qua the issue of black-listing of the petitioner (Singapore Technologies Kinetics) was concluded on 18.05.2011. Despite this, we are still informed that the final order qua the issue of black-listing of the petitioner has still not been issued,” observed the Delhi High Court.