Revolutionizing Defence Innovation: Unveiling the ADITI Scheme                            

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March 13, 2024

Revolutionizing Defence Innovation: Unveiling the ADITI Scheme                            


  • Recently, during DefConnect 2024, the Union Minister of Defence introduced the ADITI scheme, heralding a new era in defense innovation in India. This initiative, aptly named Acing Development of Innovative Technologies with iDEX (ADITI), holds the promise of fostering groundbreaking advancements in critical and strategic defense technologies.

Overview of the ADITI Scheme:

  • ADITI Scheme is designed with a clear objective: to catalyze the development of approximately 30 deep-tech critical and strategic technologies within the designated timeframe. Under this scheme, startups are poised to receive substantial support, with grant-in-aid funding of up to Rs 25 crore allocated for their research, development, and innovation pursuits in defense technology.

Key Components and Objectives:

  • Eligibility and Funding: Startups engaged in defense technology innovation stand to benefit from significant financial backing, with grants reaching up to Rs 25 crore. This injection of funds aims to fuel their endeavors towards pioneering advancements in defense technology.
  • Financial Allocations: The scheme, valued at Rs 750 crore, spans the period from 2023-24 to 2025-26, reflecting a concerted long-term commitment to nurturing innovation in defense technologies.
  • Integration with iDEX Framework: ADITI is seamlessly integrated within the iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) framework, operating under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. This alignment underscores the government’s holistic approach towards fostering innovation across the defense sector.
  • Technology Watch Tool: A pivotal component of the scheme involves the creation of a ‘Technology Watch Tool,’ aimed at bridging the gap between the evolving needs of the modern Armed Forces and the capabilities of the defense innovation ecosystem. This mechanism ensures that emerging technologies are swiftly identified and harnessed to bolster national security.

Implementation and Initiatives:

  • In its inaugural phase, ADITI has launched 17 challenges, distributed across various branches of the armed forces, including the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, and the Defence Space Agency. These challenges serve as focal points for innovation, channeling the creative energies of aspiring entrepreneurs towards addressing critical defense requirements.

Empowering Young Innovators:

  • In a bid to incentivize and empower young innovators, the iDEX initiative has undergone a significant expansion, evolving into iDEX Prime. This enhancement brings with it a substantial increase in assistance, with funding levels rising from Rs 1.5 crore to an impressive Rs 10 crore. Such initiatives are instrumental in nurturing a vibrant ecosystem of defense innovation, driven by the passion and ingenuity of India’s youth.


  • The launch of the ADITI scheme marks a significant milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance and technological prowess in defense. By fostering a culture of innovation and providing robust support mechanisms, this initiative not only promises to bolster national security but also positions India as a global hub for cutting-edge defense technologies. With a strategic focus on collaboration, entrepreneurship, and research, ADITI paves the way for a future where India’s defense capabilities are driven by indigenous innovation and excellence.

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