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The Indian Navy has recently inked an agreement with Sagar Defence Engineering Pvt. Ltd for acquiring armed autonomous boat swarms under the ‘SPRINT’ initiative.

About SPRINT Scheme:

  • ‘SPRINT’ Scheme is an initiative to promote development of niche defence technologies by domestic companies.
  • The task of development of this technology is one of the 75 challenges that have been introduced by the Indian Navy under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav last year.
  • To achieve ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence, Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO), in conjunction with the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO), aims to induct at least 75 new indigenous technologies/products into the Indian Navy till august 2023.
  • This collaborative project is named SPRINT {Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), NIIO and Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC)}.
  • It was launched by Prime Minister in July, 2022.
  • It will transform Navy from a ‘Buyer’s Navy’ to a ‘Builder’s Navy.


Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO):

  • Defence Ministry had launched the NIIO in August 2020, to encourage innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence sector. It is a 3-tiered organisation:
    • Naval Technology Acceleration Council (N-TAC) will bring together the twin aspects of innovation and indigenization and provide apex level directives.
    • Working group under the N-TAC will implement the projects.
    • Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC) has been created for induction of emerging disruptive technology in an accelerated time frame.


Q1) What are some of the niche Technologies?

Technological products that are designed for a particular small area of a market like IoT, iGaming & online casinos, and mobile app development, blockchain, Web design, and development are examples of niche Technologies.

Source: Indian Navy signs agreement for autonomous armed boat swa