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Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur under the aegis of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Govt of India had its humble beginning as "Field Laboratory", a small research cell of the then Defence Research Laboratory (Material), Kanpur on 21 November 1962. The initial charter of the laboratory was to provide storage/ outdoor exposure trials for developed products under the prevailing hot and humid climate of North Eastern India. On subsequent development, the laboratory gained momentum with independent research & development assignments for the benefit of troops deployed in this strategically important region. In October 1980, it became a full-fledged R&D laboratory and was given its present name as Defence Research Laboratory. In continued effort towards the exigencies and need of the troops serving in inaccessible areas and adverse climate, the laboratory is pursuing R&D programmes for the development of technologies towards improvement of manoeuvre condition for sustaining operational capability. Scientific teams periodically visit the forward and inhospitable areas to have ‘on the spot’ assessment of hindrances faced by the troops so as to evolve suitable mitigation technologies. The spin-off benefits of the R&D outcomes are extended to civil for socio-economic development. Periodical interactions are held with the services for sharing of information on various combatant operational issues for evolving suitable remedial measures by R&D approaches.

At present, this laboratory has focused its research and development studies on vector borne disease, improving the quality of drinking water, waste biodegradation & management, high altitude horticulture and protective cultivation for hilly and border areas, and development of products for defence use. Various research establishments and academic institute of national and international repute are in close interaction for sharing knowledge, expertise and laboratory facilities to achieve the focused objectives.

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