INTEGRATED MOBILE CAMOUFLAGE SYSTEMS
18th March, 2023 Defence
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Context: To reduce thermal and radar signatures the Indian Army has placed its first order for Integrated Mobile Camouflage Systems (IMCS) for Mechanised Forces with an Indian start-up Hyper Stealth Technologies Private Limited.
- This is the first ever procurement order of an Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) project by the Indian Army.
- The order is for an indigenously developed ‘Integrated Mobile Camouflage System (IMCS)’ for Mechanised Forces.
- The IMCS comprises low emissivity and/or CAM-IIR coatings and mobile camouflage system materials that enable armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) to blend in with their terrain background, significantly enhancing capability in stealth for AFVs.
- This niche technology is expected to considerably boost indigenous stealth technology, facilitating Aatmanirbharta in line with the Government of India’s (GoI) vision.
- The awarding of the procurement order to Hyper Stealth Technologies Private Limited is a testament to the Indian Army’s commitment to promoting innovation and technological development in defence and aerospace, and it is a significant achievement for the start-up community.
- It is a positive step towards achieving the government’s vision of Aatmanirbharta and promoting indigenous stealth technology.
- Managed by the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) (DDP), iDEX has emerged as a front-runner in establishing the right contact with start-ups and innovators and has gained substantial traction in the defence start-up community.
- Currently, there are a total of 48 projects of the Indian Army as part of the Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC), Open Challenges, iDEX4 Fauji and iDEX PRIME scheme, involving handholding of 41 start-ups for the development of the latest state-of-the-art solutions for the challenges posed by the Indian Army.
Q) Discuss various steps taken by the government to promote indigenous stealth technology. (150 words)