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Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework

New Delhi: Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework was launched by the Government with the aim to foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace Sector by engaging Industries including MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes and academia and promoting self-reliance. Under the iDEX framework so far, seven editions of Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC) have been launched.

Under the iDEX route, the Government focuses on innovation and design & development and supports the start-ups and innovators for successful prototype development. A large number of start-ups have participated in various rounds of the Defence India Start-up Challenge. So far, 136 start-ups have been engaged and 102 contracts have been signed for prototype development. Moreover, the Ministry has also accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for 14 iDEX products, paving the way for the placement of orders on the iDEX winners.

The Government has approved a central sector scheme for iDEX with budgetary support of Rs 498.78 crore for the five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The problem statements emanating from defence forces are launched under the iDEX framework for the development of technology and prototypes thus, addressing the real-time problems of defence forces.