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Post at: Jun 23 2022

i-DEX Initiative

Recent Context

  • On 22 March 2022, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared the procurement of 14 items worth Rs. 380.43 crore from the innovations for Defence Excellence (i DEX) startups/MSMEs. These items will be procured by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

About i-DEX initiative

  • i-DEX is an initiative of the Government of India, launched in April 2018.
  • It was launched for the modernization of the Defence industry.
  • i-DEX aims to promote innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging industries (including MSMEs, Start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes & academia).
  • The i-DEX mission has been instituted under the mission of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to achieve self - reliance and indigenisation in incorporating cutting - edge and disruptive technologies in the Armed Force in a quick time frame.
  • The i-DEX is catalysing the vibrant energy of the Indian startup ecosystem and is steering trans-disciplinary projects/innovations.
  • It is expected to provide atleast 50 world class solution to the Armed Forces and the defence industry in the near future.
  • The i-DEX startups/MSMEs are now entering the next phase, i.e., productionisation and commercialization. 
  • iDEX is funded and managed by Defence Innovation Organization (DIO), and functions as the executive arm of DIO.


  • A culture of technology co-creaction and co-innovation within the defence and aerospace sectors
    • Objectives of iDEX
    • Facilitate rapid development of new indigenized and innovative technologies for Indian defence and aerospace sector in shorter timelines.
    • Create a culture of engagement with innovative startups, to encourage co-creation for defence and aerospace sectors.

Some other initiatives for modernizing Defence industry

  • Strategic Partnership (SP) Model identifies a few Indian private companies to linkup with global Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs), seek technology transfers and manufacture them domestically.
  • N. Chandrasekharan Task Force was set up in 2018 to study implications of artificial Intelligence (AI) in National Security.


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