Hon’ble Raksha Mantri ji would be felicitating the SIDM Champions 2023 on 12th September at IIT Jammu
SIDM Award
"We have opened up opportunities to build a Mega Defence Programme, including fighter aircraft, helicopters, tanks and submarines through a strategic partnership model that will help our private companies become global giants in the years to come. The recent contract of 56 transport aircraft for Indian Air Force is one such example"

— Shri Rajnath Singh

Hon’ble Defence Minister of India at the SIDM Awards Ceremony 2022


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.

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Core Objectives

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To encourage Indian industries to invest in technology and product innovations to address capability gaps of defence forces


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


To encourage industries to invest in niche, indigenous technological capabilities in the areas of design, manufacturing and testing through greenfield projects


To recognize the distinguished contribution of Indian Companies in Defence & Aerospace


To facilitate sharing of knowledge, best practices and experience with membership (may not be relevant to Industry but to Educational institutions, our senior Advisors)


To inculcate the culture and spirit of innovation to make the sector globally competitive


This category recognizes companies who have developed a defence product in the country through internal research, design development and manufacturing


ALS 50, Precision Strike System


Switch UAV - Fixed -wing VTOL UAV


Video Downlink with Recorder Facility ESAS

This category recognizes companies who have successfully developed indigenous products that reduce cost, time and save foreign outflow to the exchequer


Boiler Control System for INS Vikramaditya


HMV 12X12 Vehicle



Recognizes companies that have invested in infrastructure for design and testing of their indigenous products

India has been mostly dependent on imports for its national security; however, India has quickly moved up its ranking in the Global Exports of Defence and Aerospace products becoming a part of the global supply chains


Mounted Artillery Gun


Mechanical Kits for airborne




All Indian manufacturing companies are eligible to participate in the SIDM Champion Awards.

Companies with upto max 50% foreign holding and not a subsidiary of a Foreign Company.

SIDM Champion in a particular category can not apply for award in the same category for maximum two more years.

Application And Participation Fee

Last date of Application 25 July 2023


Dr A Sivathanu Pillai

  • - Founder CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace
  • - Former Hon’ Distinguished Professor, ISRO
  • - Former Chief Controller (R&D), DRDO
Dr Prahlada Ramarao

- Former Distinguished Scientist & CC R&D, DRDO

Lt Gen JP Nehra (Retd.)

- PVSM, AVSM and Bar 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 Sunil Misra

- Director General SIDM, Member Secretary


Applicants to file their application via an online form : www.award.sidm.in
Screening Committee to filter applications on basis of eligibility, accuracy and completeness.
Successful applicants to fill a detailed questionnaire, specific to the category they are competing in, and submit the same along with a Participation Fee.
Detailed Questionaire will be evaluated by the Screening committee for completeness and then Forwarded to Award Jury.
Award Committee invites companies for more clarifications through VC’s or visit to their companies.
Award Committee to Shortlist nominees to the Award.
Companies nominated are invited to interact with Jury for selection of Winners.
Winners are Felicitated by RM* in an Awards Ceremony.

* Hon’ble Raksha Mantriji will be invited as Chief Guest to present the awards up on finalisation of the Date.


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 recognize the contributions of Indian industries towards self-reliance in defence sector. This is a laudable initiative to honour the achievements of industries, infuse a sense of pride in indigenous products and motivate the industries to embrace technology and culture of innovation.

Shri Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister of India

We are delighted to learn that Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) has instituted SIDM Champion Awards in areas of technology innovation, import substitution and exports to acknowledge the contribution of the industries towards building warfighting capabilities of our Forces. We are confident that this recognition will add to their motivation.

Late General Bipin Rawat

(Former Chief of Defence Staff and Secretary, Department of Military Affairs)

I am extremely happy to know that SIDM is instituting “SIDM Champion” awards in critical areas of technology or product innovation to address military capability gaps. I am confident that the award will help recognize innovations and encourage innovators. This will go a long way in fulfilling the goals of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat in Defence’.

I wish the initiative the very best and great success.

Shri Ajay Kumar

Defence Secretary

SIDM is playing a crucial role in ensuring seamless interaction between variety of stakeholders to ensure inclusive growth for all.It is heartening to learn about SIDM Champion Awards to recognize the distinguished performance of industries in critical areas such as technology or product innovation and subsequent production to address military capability gaps, import substitution and creating niche technological capabilities through green / brown field investments. The recognition will inspire to excel further.

My best wishes to the award winners and SIDM for its future endeavours.

Dr G. Satheesh Reddy

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman, DRDO

The SIDM Champions Award has been designed to serve as a stamp of excellence for the Innova­tors and Technology Leaders.

I can think of nothing more motivating for the Military Force than the force multipliers at com­mand through secure knowledge that a capable and reliable defence manufacturing industry to back as the sixth Arm of Defence to “Win Indian Wars with Indian Solutions”.

Mr J D Patil

Past President, SIDM
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All companies in the field of Defence manufacturing, technology development, R & D

The fee which is payable in two stages. Partly in application stage and second in participation stage. (Refer to Fee Grid)

Acompany can participate in more than one category. Separate fee is payable for each category

Fee is non-refundable.

SIDM intends to publish a compendium of the Awards. Only the Data permitted by the Company will be made public

Companies are not required to submit technical details of their Innovation/Products to maintain confidentiality

Registrations are open till 25 July 2023

Fill separate application for each category. If found eligible , we will ask you to participate in all categories.

SIDM Champion Awards Compendium

SIDM publishes a Compendium of all eligible entries to the awards. The compendium reflects the capabilities of Indian Companies in Defence and Aerospace. The Compendium – Book of Entries is a designed and printed in very high quality to showcase the products, equipment and technologies developed by the Indian Defence Manufacturers. The Book dedicates itself to align and support the Government initiatives of Aatmnirbhar Bharat in Defence & Aerospace.

The Compendium is circulated to visiting overseas defence delegations, Indian Defence overseas delegations and various defence procurement directorates in Ministry of Defence with the objective of showcasing the Indian Industry capabilities in Defence Manufacturing.

The Compendium is an inspires the Indian Industry to participate in Defence Manufacturing by acknowledging Industry as The Sixth Force.

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