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In a significant development highlighting the growing strategic partnership between India and Nigeria, a 33-member delegation led by Anurag Bajpai, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, is set to embark on a diplomatic mission to Abuja from March 7. The visit comes in response to Nigeria’s expressed interest in fostering collaborative ties with the Indian defense industry, signaling a new chapter in bilateral defense cooperation.

The composition of the delegation underscores the breadth and depth of India’s defense capabilities, with leading defense Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and private companies including HAL, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Goa Shipyards, Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited, L&T, Bharat Forge, and MKU Limited forming part of the contingent. Their presence underscores India’s commitment to exploring new avenues of partnership and enhancing defense collaboration with Nigeria.

The focus of the delegation’s visit is centered on exploring potential business opportunities in critical areas such as small arms and ammunition, as well as armored vehicles. Nigeria’s burgeoning defense requirements present a unique opportunity for Indian defense companies to showcase their expertise and forge strategic partnerships to meet Nigeria’s evolving security needs.

India’s offer of its indigenous LA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jets and LCH Prachand Attack helicopters to Nigeria underscores its commitment to providing advanced defense solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its partners. These state-of-the-art platforms symbolize India’s technological prowess and its ability to deliver high-performance defense systems capable of addressing diverse operational challenges.

India’s strategic foray into the African defense market, traditionally dominated by Russia and China, reflects its growing aspirations to emerge as a key player in the global defense arena. India’s confidence in the quality and competitiveness of its weapon systems positions it favorably to compete with established players and offer viable alternatives to African nations seeking advanced defense capabilities.

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