Rajnath Singh launches Defence India Startup Challenge 5.0
On August 19th, 2021, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has launched Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) 5.0 under Innovations for Defence Excellence – Defence Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO) via a video conferencing.
- Under the DISC 5.0, Rajnath unveiled 35 Problem Statements including 13 from the Services and 22 from Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).
- The Problem Statements are associated with Situational awareness, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Aircraft-trainer, Non-lethal devices, 5G network, Underwater domain awareness, Drone SWARMS and Data Capturing.
- The Ministry earmarks Rs 1,000 crore for domestic procurement through the iDEX initiative for the financial year 2021-2022.
- The budget of Rs 498.8 crore has been approved to support over 300 startups and foster innovation in the defence & aerospace sectors for next five years.
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