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VISION Make India prosperous by establishing world class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions. MISSION Design, develop and lead to production state-of-the-art sensors, weapon systems, platforms and allied equipment for our Defence Services. Provide technological solutions to the Services to optimise combat e ectiveness and to promote well-being of the troops. Develop infrastructure and committed quality manpower and build strong indigenous technology base. SPHERE OF ACTIVITIES/BUSINESS 1. Apprising and advising Raksha Mantri on the in uence on National Security of emerging developments in Science and Technology. 2. Rendering advice to Raksha Mantri and to the three services and inter services organisations on all scienti c aspects of weapons; weaponplatforms; military operations; surveillance; support and logistics in all likely theatres of con ict. 3. To function, with the concurrence of the Ministry of External A airs, as the nodal coordinating agency of the Ministry of Defence on all matters relating to Instruments of Accord with foreign Governments relating to the acquisition of technologies whose export to India is the subject of national security related controls of foreign Governments. 4. Formulation and execution of programmes of scienti c research and design, development, test and evaluation, in elds of relevance to national security. 5. Direction and administration of agencies, laboratories, establishments, ranges, facilities, programmes and projects of the Department. 6. All matters relating to certi cation of the design airworthiness of military aircraft, their equipment and stores. 7. All matters relating to the protection and transfer of technology generated by the activities of the Department. 8. Scienti c analysis support and participation in the acquisition and evaluation proceedings of all weapon systems and related technologies proposed to be acquired by the Ministry of Defence. 9. To render advice on the technological and intellectual property aspects of the import of technology by production units and enterprises manufacturing, or proposing to manufacture, equipment and stores for the Armed Services. 10. To deal with reference made under section 35 of the Patents Act, 1970 (39 of 1970). 11. Financial and other material assistance to individuals, institutions, universities and bodies corporate, for study and for the training of manpower on aspects of Science and Technology that bear on national security. 12. In consultation with the Ministry of External A airs, international relations in matters connected with the role of Science and Technology in national security including: (a) Matters relating to relations with Research Organisations of other countries and with Inter-governmental agencies, particularly those which concern themselves, inter alia, with the scienti c and technological aspects of national security. (b) Arrangements with Universities, educational and research-oriented institutions or bodies corporate abroad to provide for foreign scholarships and the training of Indian scientists and technologists under the administrative control of the Department. 13. Execution of works and purchase of lands debitable to the budget of the Department. 14. All matters relating to personnel under the control of the Department. 15. Acquisition of all types of stores, equipment and services debitable to the budget of the Department. 16. Financial sanctions relating to the Department. 17. Any other activity assigned to, and accepted by, the Department through understanding or arrangements with any other Ministry, Department, Agency of the Government of India whose activities have a bearing on the scienti c and technological aspects of national security. 18. Autonomous Bodies: Aeronautical Development Agency.