As DRDO is involved in projects under variety of disciplines, the provided data presents a break-up of the R&D project costs under various disciples along with their status i.e. already executed and under execution
Over the last few years terrorism and insurgency have become a very important from the point of view of national security. DRDO has developed various technologies in order to engage and mitigate these challenges. The INSAS rifle and Light Machine Gun Carbine developed by DRDO,have been used by para military forces in counter-insurgency operations for many years now.
Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehra Dun, under DRDO, is devoted to research, design, development and technology transfer in optical and electro-optical instrumentation primarily for the Defence Services. The origin of IRDE dates back to the establishment of Inspectorate of Scientific Stores in 1939 at Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) with the responsibility to inspect the tele-communication equipment used by the Army in India.
The main objective of Combat Vehicles and Engineering cluster of DRDO is the development of technologies for progressive achievement of self-reliance in the area of Combat Vehicles & Engineering. The emphasis is on the development of Combat Vehicle Technology and Engineering equipments/systems, empowering our defence forces with breakthrough technologies.
Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehra Dun, under DRDO, is devoted to research, design, development and technology transfer in optical and electro-optical instrumentation primarily for the Defence Services. To achieve excellence in the fields of Optics & Electro-optical Instrumentation with a commitment to provide high quality Instruments.
Microwave Tube Research and Development Centre (MTRDC) is focusing on design and development of various microwave tubes, electronic power conditioners, microwave power modules and transmitters for communication, Radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) systems and other applications. To strive for indigenous development and facilitate production of state-of-art microwave tubes, microwave power modules, high microwave sources, cathodes and electronic power conditioners in synergy with research, academic institutions and industry.
Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) Filter development centre has pioneered in the Design and Development of Hydraulic and Lubrication filters for Aircraft systems, MBT-Arjun and Naval systems. Design, develop and lead to production tracked armament vehicles and specialist vehicles to meet the needs of the service. Build technological capabilities in critical areas including test and evaluation of Combat system.
This MPM is suitable for applications in Electronics Warfare, Radars system and as a compact power amplifier for laboratory use etc. Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre (MTRDC) has initially developed a few prototypes to evaluate the performance. These prototypes have undergone complete electrical, RF and environment tests sucessfully.Technology of MPM has been transferred and a limited series production has been launched at BEL.
DRDO undertakes projects in four different categories. They are Mission Mode, Technology Demonstration, Science and Technology and Infrastructure Development.ST projects are newly discovered or established scientific facts/principles are applied to drive technological advantage in the area of interest through ST projects. TD projects are undertaken to convert the technological feasibility into useable entities like sensors, components, devices, modules, etc.
The Organisation has achieved what it has due to quality, commitment, perseverance, knowledge and skills of its personnel. The Defence Research and Development Organisation has a dynamic approach for the man power development. Keeping manpower requirements of our futuristic and contemporary programmes and attrition of its manpower in view, the organisation plans recruitment. The DRDO has organised its human resources in three cadres viz. Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS), Defence Research Technical Cadre (DRTC) and Admin & Allied Cadre.