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In a move that has sent ripples through the Indian defense sector, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) acquired a 1.44% stake in Paras Defence and Space Technologies (PDST) on Friday, June 14th, 2024. This information was revealed through NSE bulk deal data, signifying a strategic investment by the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates.

Paras Defence and Space Technologies, a private sector company, has been making significant strides in the domestic defense market. The company focuses on the design, development, manufacturing, and testing of a wide range of defense and space engineering products and solutions. This acquisition by ADIA highlights the growing potential of Paras Defence and underscores the attractiveness of the Indian defense sector for foreign investors.

Paras Defence boasts a promising growth trajectory, with projections of annual revenue increase between 25% and 30%. This strong financial outlook likely piqued ADIA’s interest. The Indian government’s push for self-reliance in defense equipment creates a lucrative market for domestic companies like Paras Defence. ADIA’s investment could be a strategic move to gain a foothold in this growing market.

Paras Defence’s expertise in space engineering could be another factor. With increasing focus on space exploration and defense applications, ADIA might see potential for future collaboration.