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Defence Minister launched DISC-4, iDEXFauji Initiative and PMA Guidelines

Published on October 01, 2020
Current Context: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched ‘Defence India Startup Challenge-4’ (DISC-4) at the iDEX event (iDEX event was launched in 2018 by Department of Defence Production).
Defence Minister launched DISC-4, iDEXFauji Initiative and PMA Guidelines
  • Along with this challenge, the Defence Minister also launched iDEXFauji initiative and guidelines for Product Management Approach (PMA).
  • All these initiatives are launched with an aim to facilitate and promote iDEX-DIO (Defence Innovation Organisation).
  • These initiatives will scale up innovation and technology utilised in Defence and Aerospace sector.
  • DISC-4: Under this initiative, 11 challenges from armed forces are made for startups, innovators and MSMEs to carry out innovation ideas in technology related to defence sector. 
  • The challenges under DISC-4 are: (1)Autonomous Underwater Swarm Drones (2)AI based Satellite Image Analysis (3)Predictive, Preventive and Prescriptive Machine Monitoring (4) Reduction of RCS of Naval Warships (5) Super Resolution of Improving Spatial Resolution (6) Computer generated targets for virtual training (7) Target Detection in Chaff Environment (8) Remote real time in-flight health monitoring of aircrew (9) MF-TDMA based Wideband SATCOM Modem (10) Prediction and forecasting of atmospheric visibility (11) Foliage Penetration Radar. 
  • iDEXFauji initiative: It is launched to support innovations which are identified by the Indian Armed Forces. It will strengthen the innovation ideas which are gained from soldiers as it allows the soldiers to become the part of this initiative and be the reason for innovation. 
  • Product Management Approach (PMA) Guidelines: They are launched to develop a ready product under the moto of ‘Right product and the Product Right’. The guidelines will monitor the overall product development as per the requirements set by services and OFBs (Ordinance Factory Board). 


Q.1 Who among the following launched ‘Defence India Startup Challenge-4’ (DISC-4)? 
a. Manoj Mukund Naravane
b. Bipin Rawat
c. Rajnath Singh
d. Ajay Kumar
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