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Defence Ministry signs contract under iDEX

Published: 30th Dec, 2022


The defence ministry signed the 150th contract for defence innovation, under a framework called “iDEX" that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.


About ‘iDEX‘ framework

  • Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) is the flagship initiative of the Department of Defence Production.
  • 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.
  • It aims to encourage start-ups and other such entities engaged in defence innovation.
  • The contract signed under the framework relates to an Indian Navy project of the Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC 7) SPRINT edition.
  • The challenge was titled ‘Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Training Target (EMATT)’ capable of simulating the sound and movement of a submarine’ and the winner was Altair Infrasec Pvt Ltd, Pune.
  • The challenge envisaged development of a training target capable of being deployed from P8I aircraft, MH60R helicopters, ships doing speed up to 10 knots and other Remotely Piloted Aircraft without undertaking any modification on the platform from which the EMATT is required to be launched.
  • The iDEX achieved the milestone within five months of the signing of its 100th contract on July 26, 2022.
  • The iDEX, in association with Tri-Services, DPSUs, MSMEs & start-ups, is striving to develop cutting-edge technology products to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ and achieve the export target of USD $5 billion.
  • 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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