ARDE as the Nodal system Lab of the DRDO in the field of Conventional Armaments, has to interface and interact with a number of external agencies in the course of execution of its core mission of design and development of weapons, munitions and allied armament stores and equipments to meet the Services requirements and transfer the technology developed, to the designated Production Agencies (PAs) and Quality Assurance Agencies (QAAs). Out of the number of agencies involved, the following three are of critical importance to the effective execution of the projects / programs :
- The Services – our customers, who generate the Qualitative Requirements (QRs) and also sponsor the major projects and programs and ultimately place production orders.
- The Production Agencies for ARDE, will continue to be the Ordnance Factory (OFB), with Industry in Public and Private Sectors, playing increasing roles at components, subsystems and in some cases, even systems level, where no High Energetic Materials (HEMs) are involved.
- The Quality Assurance Agencies – viz DGQA, DNAI, AQAA and MSQAA – of the Ministry of Defence.