Startups in Defence: Department of Defence Production Deals With Matters

New Delhi/ PIB News: Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) framework, was launched with the aim to achieve self-reliance and 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. Initially, 15 problem statements were launched. 44 iDEX winners have so far been identified for 14 problem statements. 3 new problem statements have been launched recently to expand the network.

Furthermore, DRDO has launched a program termed as “Technology Development Fund (TDF)” for meeting the requirements of Tri-Services, Defence Production and DRDO. The scheme has been established to promote self-reliance in Defence Technology as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative by encouraging the participation of public/private industries especially MSMEs.

Further, the ‘Make-II’ procedure has been simplified to encourage wider participation of the Indian industry, with an impetus for MSME/Start-ups and timely induction of equipment into Indian Armed Forces. The ‘Start-ups’ recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), are eligible to participate under the ‘Make-II’ procedure. In addition, the framework for implementation of ‘Make II’ at OFB and DPSU level has also been notified.

The Challenges given so far under iDEX are as follows:-


  1. Individual Protection System with in-built sensors
  2. See Through Armour
  3. Carbon Fibre Winding (CFW)
  4. Active Protection System (APS)
  5. Secure hardware based offline Encryptor Device for Graded Security
  6. Development of 4G/LTE based Tactical Local Area Network
  7. Development of Advanced Technology Based Desalination System (Water Purification) and Bilge Oily Water Separation System
  8. Artificial Intelligence in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  9. Remotely Piloted Airborne Vehicles
  10. Laser Weaponry (No winner identified)
  11. Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles


  1. GPS Anti Jam Device

ii. Data Analytics for Air Trajectory

iii. Illegal usage of Drones

iv. RADAR – IQ Signal Generator


  1. Four-axis stabilized antennae for C & KU band operation
  2. To create a Portable Spoof Emitter for surveillance and ground-based air defence weapons

Friend or Foe Identification System Maker Village, Kochi is now a Partner Incubator in the iDEX program.