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Defence Ministry signs over ₹200 Crore deal with Big Bang Boom for Indigenous Anti-Drone Technology

A momentous win for the homegrown IDEX startup, promoting indigenous technology

Chennai, India March 8, 2024 Photo(s): By BBBS
The contract was handed over to Dr R. Shivaraman, Director and CTO, BBBS in the presence of Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh.

Big Bang Boom Solutions Pvt Ltd (BBBS), India's fastest-growing defence sector startup, has secured a significant order worth more than ₹200 crores from the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army, for its cutting-edge anti-drone technology. This historic contract, the largest under the Indian Defence Exhibition (iDEX) initiative, and one of the largest signed by the Indian MoD with an Indian startup is a testament to BBBS's unmatched expertise in deeptech products especially, anti-drone solutions.

The Indian Defence Ministry's decision to place this order underscores the country's commitment to strengthening its security infrastructure and investing in Atmanirbhar cutting-edge defence technology. Specifically, the anti-drone technology provides a game-changing response to the mounting threat posed by drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Manportable anti drone defence system

"We are immensely proud of this milestone in our startup journey, and are grateful for the trust placed in our capabilities by the Indian Air Force and Indian Army through the aegis of iDEX the MoD's flagship innovation platform," said Dr R. Shivaraman, Director and CTO, BBBS. "Big Bang Boom is committed to serving our nation with the highest level of innovation and technology. The BBBS Anti-Drone Defence System is a testament to our commitment to innovation, and we are proud to contribute to the security and self-reliance of our armed forces", he further added. BBBS's Vajra Sentinel System is a state-of-the-art solution designed to detect, track, and neutralise drones at extraordinary ranges. It utilises passive RF sensor technology to eliminate false alarms, and its sensor and jammer combination meets stringent mil standard specifications for durability and reliability. It has a number of state-of-the-art tech improvements such as AESA radar and kamikaze drones which can be upgraded on demand by the user.

The system's core sensor built around artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision algorithms enables precise identification, classification and location identification of drones. Additionally, its sophisticated decision making matrix enables autonomous decision-making for countermeasures such as signal jamming and other counter measures.

"This is a significant milestone for us. Our product pipeline and mix for the next 10 years are robust and the team is rearing to go. We have already started discussions on repeat orders and export opportunities. We will now reopen our doors to financial players who can come along in this next leg of nation building," said, Praveen Dwarakanath, CEO, BBBS

BBBS will commence execution of the order immediately, with a focus on timely delivery, comprehensive training, and unwavering support to the Indian Air Force and Indian Army to ensure seamless integration of this vital technology into their defence strategies, added Gaurav Sharma VP sales, BBBS.

The contract was handed over to Dr R. Shivaraman, Director and CTO, BBBS in the presence of Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister, Ajay Bhatt, Minister of State for Defence, Giridhar Aramane Defence Secretary, Anurag Bajpai, Additional Secretary of Defence Production and CEO DIO, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Anil Chauhan and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari by AVM George Thomas, ACAS Plans, on behalf of Indian Air Force and Col. Mahesh, Col CD 7, on behalf of Indian Army.