Rajnath Singh exhorts
startups and innovators to come up with new ideas to modernise the Armed Forces
through research & innovation and make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’
Minister Rajnath Singh has exhorted startups and innovators to come up with new
ideas to modernise the Armed Forces through research & innovation and
contribute in making the nation strong, prosperous and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as
envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Manthan 2022, an event organised by Innovations for Defence Excellence-Defence
Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO), Ministry of Defence as part of 12th
DefExpo, Rajnath Singh said, a large number of startups and innovators are
venturing into the defence sector as the Government has created a robust
ecosystem for their as well as the nation’s growth.
Minister stated that more than Rs 300 crore have been approved for over 100
iDEX winners to develop products/technologies in more than 50 technological
areas, stressing that the iDEX initiative has changed the perception that
defence production is only for big businesses and industrialists. He lauded
iDEX for winning the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public
Administration last year and achieving new heights of success since its launch
by the Prime Minister during DefExpo 2018.
Armed Forces contingent, comprising personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force
and Coast Guard, along with scientists from the Defence Research &
Development Organisation (DRDO), are carrying out operational demonstrations at
the Sabarmati River Front as part of DefExpo 2022 from October 18-22, 2022. Rajnath Singh witnessed the daredevil acts on
18 October along with the Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat. The display was
aimed at showcasing the operational readiness and scientific prowess of the
defence forces to the people.
demonstration comprised the air, surface and sub-surface elements of the Armed
Forces. The event started with an eye-catching combat free fall by personnel of
Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. It was followed by a daring display by the
elite Marine Commandos (Marcos) of Indian Navy and Para (SF) Commandos of
Indian Army skillfully slithering onto a boat from a helicopter, high speed run
by Gemini boat and neutralisation of enemy post. The action, thereafter, again
shifted to the sky with awe-inspiring Helobatics by Sarang Team and powered
hang glider flying by Indian Air Force.
other activities undertaken were search and rescue demonstration by the Coast
Guard, Small Team Insertion and Extraction and a scintillating offensive demo
by the Indian Navy, continuity drill by Indian Airforce, Ro’ Boatics display by
the DRDO, and joint band display by the three Services. The programme
culminated with the Tattoo ceremony by the drummers from the Indian Navy.