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DRDO: AN OVERVIEW

  DRDO is the country’s leading                        DRDO labs are grouped into seven
                                                   technology clusters namely, Aeronautical
organisation involved in design and                Systems (AERO), Armament and Combat
development of indigenous Defence systems.         Engineering Systems (ACE), Electronics
The organisation has set its sights on making      and Communication Systems (ECS), Life
India self-sufficient in Defence equipment           Sciences (LS), Micro Electronic Devices
ranging from missiles, radars, sonars, electronic  and Computational Systems (MED & CoS),
warfare, engineering systems, surveillance         Missiles and Strategic Systems (MSS) and
and recce systems, among others. DRDO              Naval Systems and Materials (NS&M). Each of
is also looking at providing state-of-the-art      these clusters function under cluster DGs. The
communication systems, electro-optics, night       seven DG offices are located at Bangalore (Aero
vision, information security products, naval &     and ECS), Pune (ACE), Delhi (MED & CoS and
airborne weapons etc. Each of these has been       LS), Hyderabad (MSS) and Vishakhapatnam
developed using indigenous manufacturing           (NS&M). Table 1 gives the labs under each
and testing facilities to maximum extent.          cluster DG.

    DRDO has typically worked together with        Table 1. Heads of Technology Domain Based
Ordnance Factory Boards (OFBs) and Defence             Clusters with Constituent Laboratories
Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) to build
products/systems for the nation. However,          Cluster DG’s  Labs
DRDO has also drawn the Indian private             DG (AERO)
sector into its fold both because of requirement   DG(ACE)       ADE, ADRDE, CABS, GTRE
and with the view to broadening India’s
defence industrial base. This is in sync with                    Armaments: ARDE, CFEES,
the Government’s vision of ‘Make in India’ to                    HEMRL, PXE
transform India into a global manufacturing                      Combat Vehicles: CVRDE,
and innovation hub whose products become                         DTRL, R&DE(E), SASE, VRDE
synonymous with superior quality and inspire
confidence among global consumers.                  DG (ECS)      CHESS, DARE, DEAL, DLRL,
                                                                 IRDE, LASTEC, LRDE
Organisational Structure
                                                   DG (LS)       DEBEL, DFRL, DIBER,
    DRDO is headed by Secretary DD R&D                           DIHAR, DIPAS, DIPR, DRDE,
who was also the administrative head as                          DRL(T), INMAS
Director General DRDO (DG DRDO). In Sep
2016, the Govt. re-designated the post of DG       DG (MED       & Micro Electronic Devices:
DRDO as Chairman DRDO. A separate post of          CoS)
Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri (SA to RM)                    ANURAG, MTRDC, SSPL
also exists to offer independent advice.
                                                                 Computational               Systems:

                                                                 CAIR, JCB, SAG

                                                   DG (MSS)      ASL, DRDL, ITR, RCI, TBRL

                                                   DG (NS&M)     Naval Systems:              NMRL,
                                                                 NPOL, NSTL                  DMRL,
                                                                 Materials: DLJ,
                                                                 DMSRDE

                                                   * Dte. of Cyber Security functions as CISO under the

                                                   administrative control of DG (MED & CoS)

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