The Defence India Startup Challenge is an initiative by Defence Innovation Organization (under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India), in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, aimed at supporting innovators to create prototypes and/or commercialize products/solutions based on advanced technologies in area of national security through an equity linked grant-based mechanism. The vision of the Challenge is two-fold:
- help create functional prototypes of products/technologies relevant for national security (prototyping), this will also help build an ecosystem of fast-moving innovation in the India Defence Sector;
- help new deep-tech products find markets and early customers (commercialization) in the context of the Indian Defence Sector.
Who can apply
Defence India Startup Challenge
The Ministry of Defence aims to create an ecosystem which fosters innovation and encourages technology development in Defence by engaging start-ups, MSMEs and even individual innovators.
Researchers have long talked of the ‘Valleys of Death’ at the early stage and commercialization stage in taking innovations to market. The Defence India Startup Challenge aims to address both the Commercialization Valleys of Death, in which innovators are unable to access resources for prototyping, piloting, testing, and market creation.
The Defence India Startup Challenge, launched by the Defence Innovation Organization(under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission is an open call to Startups, MSMEs and individuals to solve some of the most critical technological problems being faced by the Indian Defence Establishment.
Applicants showing capability, intent, and promise to be able to produce prototypes or productize existing prototypes may be awarded grants of up to Rs. 1.5 crores, strictly on a milestone basis as per the recommendations of a high-powered committee. This funding will be in the form of grant/equity/debt/other relevant structures as deemed suitable by the committee and will be disbursed in tranches based on the milestones decided by a high-powered selection committee.
Problem Statements for the Defence India Startup Challenge
In the current round of Challenge, applicants seeking to build prototypes or achieve commercialization of existing products and technologies in the one of the following are invited to submit their proposals.
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1. Individual Protection System with built-in 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 & SCM
9. Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles
10. Remotely Piloted Airborne Vehicles
11. Laser Weaponry
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Individual Protection System with built-in sensors
Individual Protection System with built-in sensors. The system material should be light weight and non-shattering. The sensor mechanism should effectively monitor the vital parameters of the soldier and the protection system. The equipment should be light weight and transmit the monitored data while not hindering mobility.
See Through Armour
A system for Future Armoured Fighting Vehicles to provide 360 situational awareness. The solution may employ use of multiple cameras to produce a stitched 360 view. It should be a digital mapping system having cameras and sensors to track the positions of surrounding features of interest in both two and three-dimensional modes. Optionally, a specially designed headset synced to vehicle cameras to allow commanders to ‘see through’ their vehicles in both visual and infra-red in real-time is , or alternatively, the feed can be transmitted to a touch-screen display. The live-feed is to be overlaid with information from other vehicle systems and the touch-screen display is to be used to identify friendly and enemy forces, for route planning and to let the commander view the display of other crew members, such as the gunner. The system should be easily integrated with various vehicles and their systems (especially communications).
Carbon Fibre Winding (CFW)
This technology is for Rocket Launchers having capability to fire up to 7000-10000 rounds from the shoulder of a war fighter. It involves development of a recipe of carbon fibre winding as well as the selection of the fibre. The barrel assy. of a rocket launcher weapon is a carbon filament wound barrel. Production of Barrel assy. involves manufacture of Metallic Liner and Carbon Filament Winding(CFW) of Metallic Liner. Manufacturing of Metallic Liner is established but the CFW process is currently not available in India and is being sought indigenously. Secondly, Carbon Fibre of specified grade is not available to Indian defence industries due to export regulation. There is a need to develop the technology/ process within India.
Active Protection System (APS)
This project would involve development of quick acting sensors and actuators for the development of an Active Protection System for vehicles. It is to prevent line-of-sight guided anti-tank missiles/projectiles from acquiring and/or destroying the target and may have both i.e. soft kill (electronic countermeasures) and hard kill (counter attack) feature. The hard-kill measure will affect the incoming warhead/missile by means of either blast and/or fragment action by
- Disturbance of the stability of a kinetic energy penetrator which will decrease its penetration ability as the deflection angle increases.
- Premature initiation of a shaped charge (e.g., too great stand-off), but most likely improper initiation, thereby impeding optimum jet development of the metallic lining, usually copper, in the shaped charge.
- Destruction of the airframe of an inbound missile or shell.
Secure hardware based offline Encryptor Device for Graded Security
A dedicated secure hardware (FPGA/ASIC) based offline encryption device is for transacting classified data over Public/Open networks. The device is to undertake file/folder level encryption with data flies read off from USB media device and written to separate USB, media device. The hardware-based device is to encrypt, decrypt and handle common Windows/ Linux file system over USB on either end.
Development of 4G/LTE based Tactical Local Area Network
To enable high bandwidth tactical communication for real-time information exchange, a 4G enabled tactical LAN is to be designed and developed, which would get integrated with existing RF/ Satellite links and would form a component of the Information Grid. The envisage 4G based network would be installed on moving platforms with capability of dynamic Networking.
Development of Advanced Technology Based Desalination System (Water Purification) and Bilge Oily Water Separation System
Presently reverse osmosis plants are fitted onboard IN platforms for production of fresh water from sea water. The plants operate on the process of Reverse Osmosis using DT modules. The performance of RO plants is affected by variance in sea water salinity and temperatures and thus affects operations especially in foreign waters. Similarly, the oily water in the bilges of the machinery spaces is separated through use of Gravity separation devices which are in general Coalescer based (OWS). The performance of Oily Water Separators onboard IN platforms is observed to sub-optimal and unreliable. Use of advanced desalination techniques like Carbon Nano tubes and Biometric filters needs to be studied in various operating conditions as viable replacements for RO plants. On similar lines, use of centrifugal type Oily Water separators capable of handling viscous/ particulate laden loading in order oil content in Ships discharge to 5 PPM needs to be studied.
Artificial Intelligence in Logistics & SCM
Artificial Intelligence based Logistics and supply chain management (Management of Stores, Spares and Ration).
Remotely Piloted Airborne Vehicles
Design and development of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPVs) with secure and encrypted control systems (datalinks). These are airborne vehicles which are controlled remotely through secure and encrypted control systems. Depending upon their performance the RPVs are categorised as High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) and Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE). Further, depending upon their size and payload carrying capacity, the RPVs are categorised as Micro RPVs, Mini RPVs and RPVs. Areas of future development of technology and innovative solutions include but are not limited to: -
- Design and development of Launch and recovery systems, control & monitoring systems and debrief systems.
- Design and development of various types of indigenous payloads including Electro-Optical systems, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems, Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) systems and Communications Intelligence (COMINT) systems.
- Design and development of capability for carrying Air to Air and Air to Ground weapons and weapon aiming systems.
Design of portable/mounted laser weaponry of various destructive yields. These systems will be used to neutralize targets like aerial drones, etc. or be part of an active protection system. The system should be mountable on various defence platforms (land/air/water).
Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles
Design of autonomous surface and underwater vehicles to carry out a variety of tasks including offensive/defensive/reconnaissance/repair activities. These vehicles should have secure and encrypted control systems(datalinks) to communicate with their base station.