New Delhi: In a major push to support ‘Atmanirbharta’ (self-reliance) and to promote an innovation ecosystem, the Indian Army, in collaboration with the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), conducted an outreach webinar for startups in emerging technologies. 89 startups pitched their indigenously developed innovations, ideas, and proposals to the Indian Army through virtual presentations in webinar format from 17th to 28th December, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The proposals focused on the field of drones, counter-drones, robotics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, blockchain technology, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and medical applications.
The Defence Ministry stated that the webinars, organised by the Army Design Bureau (ADB), received a massive response where 13 proposals were shortlisted for further examination based on their viability and applicability for the Indian Army. Prospective users and domain specialists from Army Headquarters and Army Training Command attended the event.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chief of Indian Army, Lt. Gen. SS Hasabnis, underlined the importance of self-reliance in the defence sector and called upon the defence industry, particularly the startups, to invest in emerging and niche technologies. Deputy Chief Hasabnis also assured the startups that the Indian Army will assist and handhold them in co-developing innovations and technologies which can enhance the operational capabilities of the Army.
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