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DRDO undertakes projects in four different categories. These are: Mission Mode (MM), Technology Demonstration (TD), Science and Technology (S&T), and Infrastructure (IF) development. In the recent past, a fifth category, viz., Product Support (PS) has been added to cater to the activity relating to productionisation/transfer of technology (ToT) and limited upgrades. DRDO works with a financial allocation of about 5.2 per cent of the country’s defence budget which is very modest in comparison to established global leaders like USA, UK, Israel, etc. DDR&D’s budget over the years.
DRDO attracted attention of the parliamentarians throughout the year. Member of Parliament from both houses raised questions on subject matters such as BrahMos missile, Kaveri engine, Low Intensity Conflict (LIC), Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Missile Development programmes, Performance of DRDO, Self-reliance in Defence R&D , Exodus of Scientists from DRDO and Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun.
Formulation of overall DRDO budget based on the assessment made from the analysis of demands received from labs/estts.Allocation and Priority based enhancement of allocations (where necessary) of funds to labs/estts/programmes/high value projects. Formulation of Revised Budget Estimates (RE) based on review of expenditure status, additional demands against existing and new schemes and projection to MOD (Fin) alongwith the Forecast Budget Estimates (FBE) for the next Financial Year.