About SIDM

The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) is a not-for-profit association formed to be the apex body of the Indian defence industry. (SIDM) plays a proactive role as an advocate, catalyst, and facilitator for the growth and capability building of the defence industry in India.

SIDM’s vision is to catalyse the Indian defence industry to effectively contribute to India’s national security and become a trustworthy global partner. Its mission is to work closely with the Government towards enabling the growth of the defence industry and collaborate with experts from the Armed forces, Academia and Defence industry to optimize the industry’s development capabilities. SIDM's values are India First; One Voice and Self-Reliant for Security.

SIDM facilitates the growth of defence industry in India through policy advocacy support to the Government, conduct of events which provide a common platform for interaction with three Armed Forces, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Paramilitary Forces and, also, OEMs and other industry players, Defence & Aerospace Consultancy Services (DACS), conduct of Defence Acquisition Management Training Programme, provision of a platform for business to business connections and serving as a bridge between the industry, the Armed forces and the government.

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"Our scientists, academia, industry and independent experts must come together to understand the war-fighter’s capability requirements and to create a technologically contemporary and dynamic defence manufacturing ecosystem that the world looks up to. That will make us both self-reliant and economically strong. The defence manufacturing sector is key to Atma-Nirbharta. I am extremely delighted to know that Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) has instituted SIDM Champion Awards to recognise the contributions of Indian industries towards self-reliance in defence sector. This is a very laudable initiative to honour the achievements of the industries, infuse a sense of pride in indigenous products and motivate the industries to embrace technology and culture of innovation.”

— Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Raksha Mantri

Core Objectives

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    To encourage Indian industries to invest in technology and product innovations to address capability gaps of defence forces
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    To spur Indian industries to develop products for import substitution to sustain legacy capabilities of the Defence Forces and save Foreign exchange, and in turn create capabilities to undertake indigenous development of future products
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    To encourage industries to invest in niche, indigenous technological capabilities in the areas of design, manufacturing and testing through greenfield projects
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    To encourage Indian industries to invest in technology and product innovations to address capability gaps of defence forces
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    To facilitate sharing of knowledge, best practices and experience with membership (may not be relevant to Industry but to Educational institutions, our senior Advisors)
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    To inculcate the culture and spirit of innovation to make the sector globally competitive
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Award Categories

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    Technology/product innovation to address defence capability gaps

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    Import substitution for mission critical parts/systems/sub-systems

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    Creation of niche technological capability for design, manufacturing or testing

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    Export performance of Defence and Aerospace products

Eligibility Criteria

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    All Indian manufacturing companies are eligible for the SIDM Champion Awards

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    Members may apply for more than one category simultaneously

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    SIDM Champion of a particular category will not be able to apply for the award in the subsequent two editions.

Application and Participation Fee

Last date of Application 26th December 2020
Fee Structure Total Fee= (Application Fee + Participation Fee)
Scale (Based on Turnover of the Co.) Member SIDM/CII Non-Member
Fee Structure Total Fee= (Application Fee + Participation Fee)
Large (>== 500 Cr) 10000=1000 + 9000 15000= 1500+13500
Medium (100cr-499 Cr) 7000=1000 + 6000 10000= 1500+8500
Small/Start up (less than 100 Cr) 2000=1000+1000 5000=1500+3500

Application fee is payable when applying for the award category

Participation fee is payable once the product/technology/innovation is found eligible and documentation is complete.

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Awards Committee


  • Dr A Sivathanu Pillai

    Founder CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace, Former Hon’ Distinguished Professor, ISRO and Former Chief Controller (R&D), DRDO


  • Dr Prahlada Ramarao

    Former Distinguished Scientist & CC R&D, DRDO

  • Lt Gen JP Nehra

    PVSM, AVSM and Bar (Retd) Principal Advisor, CII

  • Mr SC Bajpai

    Ex DGOF & Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board

  • Dr RK Tyagi

    Chairman, Board of Governors, MNIT, Jaipur and former CMD Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and PawanHans Helicopters

  • Rear Adm. Pritam Lal (Retd)

    Principal Advisor, Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers and Chairman, SIDM Champion Awards Screening Committee

  • Mr Sujith Haridas
    Member Secretary

    Director General, SIDM

Selection Process

  • Applicants to file their application via an online form : www.award.sidm.in

  • Successful applicants to fill a detailed questionnaire, specific to the category they are competing in, and submit the same along with a nomination fee.

  • Shortlisted applicants to be invited for presentations to the Awards Committee

  • SIDM Champions Awards will be presented by the Honble Raksha Mantri ji.

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    Screening Committee to filter applications on basis of eligibility, accuracy and completeness.

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    Applicants to be scored based on their response to the questionnaire.

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    Awards Committee to select the SIDM Champions in each category, based on their presentation



A: All companies in the field of Defence manufacturing, technology development, R & D
A: The fee which is payable in two stages. Partly in application stage and second in participation stage. (Refer to Fee Grid)
A: company can participate in more than one category. Separate fee is payable for each category
A: SIDM intends to publish a compendium of the Awards. Only the Data permitted by the Company will be made public
A: Companies are not required to submit technical details of their Innovation/Products to maintain confidentiality
A: 21 December 2020. In case Industry demands , we will extend.
A: Fill separate application for each category. If found eligible , we will ask you to participate in all categories.
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Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers
C/o Confederation of Indian Industry
The Mantosh Sondhi Centre
23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road,
New Delhi 110 003, India