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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launches ADITI scheme to promote Defence Innovation

Published on March 06, 2024
Current Context: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the ADITI (Acing Development of Innovative Technologies with iDEX) scheme to promote innovations in critical and strategic defence technologies.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launches ADITI scheme to promote Defence Innovation
  • Here are some key details about the ADITI scheme:
    • The scheme is under the iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) framework of the Department of Defence Production (DDP), Ministry of Defence.
    • It aims to provide start-ups with grants worth up to Rs 25 crore for defence technology research, development, and innovation.
    • The ADITI scheme has a budgetary support of Rs.750 Crore for the period from FY 2023-2024 to FY 2025-2026.
    • It aims to develop about 30 deep-tech critical and strategic technologies in the proposed timeframe.
    • It also envisages creating a ‘Technology Watch Tool’ to bridge the gap between the expectations and requirements of the modern Armed Forces and the capabilities of the defence innovation ecosystem.
    • In the first edition of ADITI, 17 challenges – Indian Army (3), Indian Navy (5), Indian Air Force (5) and Defence Space Agency (4) - have been launched.
    • The scheme is an endeavour by the DDP to support the development and acceleration of innovation in critical and strategic technologies which are in the nascent stage of research & development in the country.
    • It was launched during DefConnect 2024 in New Delhi on March 04, 2024.

Question:

Q.1 What is the budgetary support of the ADITI scheme for the period from FY 2023-2024 to FY 2025-2026?
a. Rs.500 Crore
b. Rs.600 Crore
c. Rs.750 Crore
d. Rs.1000 Crore
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