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Innovations for Defence Excellence

  • 14 Jun 2021
  • 3 min read

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Recently, the Defence Minister has approved the budgetary support of Rs. 498.8 crore to Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) challenge under the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) for the next five years.

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  • About:
    • The iDEX initiative was launched by the Prime Minister in April 2018.
    • It aims to achieve self - reliance and foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging Industries including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes and academia.
    • iDEX is funded and managed by the DIO, and functions as the executive arm of DIO.
    • DIO is a ‘not for profit’ company registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013.
    • Its two founding members are Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) & Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) - Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). HAL and BEL are navratna companies.
    • It will provide the engaging industries with funding and other support to carry out Research & Development.
    • iDEX has partnered with leading incubators in the country to provide hand holding, technical support and guidance to the winners of iDEX challenges.
  • Other Related Initiatives:
    • Defence Industrial Corridors:
      • To support the growth of the Defence sector and enhance manufacturing capacity in the sector, two Defence Industrial Corridors are being set up in India, one in Uttar Pradesh and another in Tamil Nadu.
    • Strategic Partnership (SP) Model:
      • It identifies a few Indian private companies who would initially tie up with global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to seek technology transfers to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains. It is a part of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
    • Artificial Intelligence in Defence:
      • N Chandrasekaran Task Force was set up in 2018 to study implications of AI in national security.
      • Defence Artificial Intelligence Project Agency (DAIPA) was created in March, 2019.
      • DAIPA aims for greater thrust on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Defence, formulation of an AI roadmap for each Defence PSU and Ordnance Factory Board to develop AI-enable products.

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