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iDEX INITIATIVE

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    11th Apr, 2022

Context

The Government has approved a central sector scheme for iDEX with budgetary support of Rs. 498.78 crore for the next 5 years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. 

About

Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX):

  • It was launched by the Government in April 2018, primarily aims at creation of an ecosystem to foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace
  • It aims at engaging Industries including MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes & academia for defence technology to be made and fostered in India.
  • It will provide them grants/funding and other support to carry out R&D which has good potential for future adoption for Indian defence and aerospace needs.
  • iDEX is funded and managed by a ‘Defence Innovation Organization (DIO)’.
  • iDEX functions as the executive arm of DIO, carrying out all the required activities while DIO will provide high level policy guidance to iDEX.

Key Functions of iDex:

  • Co-Innovation/co-creation
  • Piloting of candidate technologies in important platforms
  • Indigenization of various defence and aerospace related platforms being manufactured in the country based on ToT.

Defence Innovation Organization (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.
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