To get transformed into a centre of excellence in the field of light tracked, specialist wheeled and unmanned vehicles to provide indigenous solutions to Armed Forces for the mobility of their weapons and equipments and also to LIC (Light Intensity Conflict) operations. To provide total solution to Defence and Automotive Industry for all their homologation and developmental testing needs through continuous evolution of the NCAT (National Centre for Automotive Testing) into a world class test facility.


  • Research, Development, Trial and Evaluation :
    • Specialist Vehicles including vehicles for Strategic Missile Programme
    • Combat and Combat Support Vehicles - Light tracked (Upto 25t GVW)
    • Combat and Combat Support Vehicles - Wheeled
    • Engines for UAVs (Rotary and Reciprocating)
    • Unmanned aerial (Upto 150 kg AUW) and unmanned ground vehicles
  • Continuous improvement and augmentation of test facilities at NCAT

The history of Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) dates back to 1929, when the Chief Inspectorate of Mechanical Transport was formed at Chaklala (now in Pakistan). In 1947, the Inspectorate was shifted to Ahmednagar and renamed as Technical Development Establishment (Vehicles), popularly known as TDE(V).
In 1962, the engineering wing was separated with creation of an independent establishment at Pune, named as Research & Development Establishment (Engineers), known as R&DE(Engrs).