The Indian Navy has launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) to fulfil its requirements relating to technology.

The organisation was launched by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh through an online webinar and the ceremony was attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries.

NIIO is a three-level organisation that has established a special structure allowing end-users to interact with academia and industry to boost innovation and indigenisation in line with the vision of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat to achieve national defence self-reliance.

The Naval Technology Acceleration Committee (N-TAC) will combine the two aspects of innovation and indigenisation and provide the highest-level directives. A working group under the committee will implement these projects.

A Technology Acceleration Acceleration Unit (TDAC) was also established to introduce breakthrough technologies in an accelerated time frame.

The launch of the new centre comes in consonance with the Draft Defense Acquisition Policy 2020 (DAP 20) that contemplates the service headquarters establishing an Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation within the current resources.

The Indian Navy already features an operational Department of Indigenisation (DoI) and the new structure will build on an ongoing indigenous initiative with an emphasis on innovation.

At the ceremony, the Indian Navy signed memorandums of understanding with Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), Raksha Shakti University (RSU), Gujarat, Maker Village, Kochi and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM).

In collaboration with the RSU, an online discussion forum for domestic industry and academia was created and launched.

At the same time, an outline of the Indian Navy’s Indigenisation perspective plans, known as ‘SWAVLAMBAN’, was also published.

Last month, the Indian Navy expanded its deployment of frontline ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).