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Vision

Be a centre for Design & Development of state-of-the-art Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the services.

Mission

Design, develop and lead to production of tracked armoured vehicles and specialist vehicles to meet the needs of the services. Build technological capabilities in critical areas including test and evaluation of Combat systems.

Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) has its origin as Chief Inspectorate of Mechanical Transport Establishment (MTE) in CHAKLALA (now situated in Pakistan) during World War II in 1939. After Independence of India, this establishment was moved to Ahmednagar to form Technical Development Establishment (TDE - Vehicles). It was later transformed into Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar.

In 1965, when a decision was taken for manufacturing Vijayanta Tank, the Heavy Vehicles Factory was set up at Avadi. To render R&D support to HVF, a detachment of VRDE was established as a nucleus at Avadi. In 1969, a need was felt to set up an independent DRDO laboratory for handling tasks relating to Armoured Fighting Vehicles, and accordingly, on 26 March 1975, the detachment of VRDE Avadi was re-designated as Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE).

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