HSTPL – First iDEX Winner Creates History, Receives Order for its’ Revolutionary IMCS from Indian Armed Forces

(L to R): Lt Gen JB Chaudhari, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (CD&S), Anurag Bajpai (JS DDP), Manish Dalmmia, (Director HSTPL) at the signing of the order for revolutionary IMCS from Hyper Stealth Technologies

New Delhi : Hyper Stealth Technologies Private Limited (HSTPL), has created history by becoming the first iDEX winner to receive an order from the Indian armed forces. The company, which specialises in the manufacture of stealth management solutions had earlier bagged the “Innovation for Defence Excellence” iDEX start-up challenge award for ‘Adaptive Stealth Coating Solutions.’ The market potential for IMCS in India alone is seen at One billion dollars. In addition, there is a large export market for this cutting edge technology.

The technology being offered and incorporated in the new product reduces the detection range for all modern warfare sensors (IR, thermal and radar) by 50%, hence offering additional protection to armed forces platforms and service personnel and increases chances of survival. The same technology can be used in all the three services and can be used for Aircrafts, UAVs and other aerial vehicles; Shelters for Air Force;

Stealth Frigates, Submarine periscopes for the Navy; besides Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, Artillery Guns, Bunkers etc. for the Army.

Manish Dalmia, co-founder of HSTPL excitedly stated that, “We are extremely honoured to receive the first order in the history of iDEX. Following our Prime Minister’s dream of ‘Aatamanirbhar Bharat’, we offer a 100% indigenously designed, developed and manufactured, Made in India, stealth solution for our armed forces.” He further said, “We believe that every solider saved is a family saved, protecting our protectors and safe guarding the nation through our IMCS would be a force multiplier and the importance of it can be seen in terms of the increased survival chances of our soldiers.”

According to Dalmia, “To beat the challenge of being detected through sensors Hyper Stealth worked on the development, design and manufacture of stealth solutions to protect our armed forces for a multitude of threats and challenges in the modern war scenario.” “Unseen is unbeaten – you can’t hit something you can’t see,” he added.

Taking a lead in awarding the first ever procurement order of an Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) project as per the revised procedure, the Indian Army signed the contract for procurement of an indigenously developed ‘Integrated Mobile Camouflage System (IMCS)’ for Mechanised Forces was with Indian Startup Hyper Stealth Technologies Pvt Ltd on March 14, 2023, in presence of the Lt Gen JB Chaudhari, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (CD&S) and Anurag Bajpai, Joint Secretary, DDP in Sena Bhawan.

The Integrated Mobile Camouflage System (IMCS) comprises of low emissivity and/or CAM-IIR coatings and Mobile Camouflage System materials providing the ability to the Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) to merge with a terrain background. The technology comprises of low emissivity coatings and mobile camouflage system material and will provide significant capability enhancement in stealth for AFVs. The niche technology will be a great leap in indigenous stealth technology and provide a boost to Aatmanirbharta. IMCS will achieve a reduction in the detection range of AFV when viewed through Hand Held Thermal Imager (HHTI) / Battle Field Surveillance Radar (BFSR) tank-based thermal camera under given environmental and weather conditions and signature management by controlling the Visual, Thermal, Infra-red & Radar Signatures of object.

IMCS was the first system to be trial evaluated as per ‘Single Stage Composite Trial’ methodology based on revised DAP 2020. RFP was issued to the developing agency in September 2022 and within a record time of six months contract was signed. Balance AoN accorded iDEX projects of the Indian Army are also under finalisation with a contract likely by mid-April 2023.

Hyper Stealth Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has its headquarters in New Delhi and was founded in 2016. The company prides itself on its in-house experienced research, development, and manufacturing teams for creating and producing latest, state-of-the-art stealth solutions against modern day warfare surveillance sensors. The company is fully compliant with the stringent specifications of the Indian defence sector. Its product portfolio includes multi-spectral camouflage nets and tents, adaptive thermal signature management paints, radar and infra-red camouflaging paint, among others.

These products fully comply with the stringent specifications of Military Camouflage requirements. HSTPL is specialised in developing, designing and manufacturing advance solutions to effectively manage the stealth properties of military targets. HSTPL’s fundamental principal is to achieve “Perfect Signature Management”, so that assets are unidentifiable by all modern surveillance and identification systems.

iDEX was launched by Prime Minister Modi during DefExpo India 2018. The aim of iDEX was to create an eco-system to foster innovation and encourage technological development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging R&D Institutes, Academia, Industries including MSMEs, Start-Ups, Individual Innovators and provide them grants/ funding and other support to carry out R&D which has good potential for future adoption by Indian Defence and Aerospace Organisation.

Funded and managed by Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) under MoD (DDP), iDEX over past four years, has been able to emerge as a front-runner in establishing the right kind of contact with the Startups and Innovators and has gained substantial traction in the Defence Startup Community. Currently, there are a total of 48 projects of the Indian Army as part of Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC), Open Challenges, iDEX4 Fauji & iDEX PRIME scheme which involves handholding of 41 Startups for the development of the latest state of art solutions for the challenges posed by Indian Army. For each challenge, a dedicated Nodal Officer & Establishment as Centre of Excellence from the Indian Army is nominated for handholding and providing continuous support in progressing their respective projects.

A further boost was given to the initiative in April 2022 as the revised methodology for iDEX was approved by the Defence Minister which ensures significant reduction in timelines of procurement to approx. 24 w