Achievements of DRDO
Defence research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is primarily engaged in design and development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems for our Armed Forces. It has developed a number of systems during the last five years. These include missile, unmanned aerial vehicles, radars, electronic warfare systems; sonars; torpedos; combat vehicles; bridging systems; combat aircraft; infrared seeker; sensors; NBC decontamination suites; parachutes; propellants and explosives; detonators; composite materials; fuel cells; paints; antennas; communication system; etc. A large number of DRDO developed systems have been productionised and inducted into Services and many are in the induction stage. The value of these systems comes to about ` 1,00,000 Cr.
There are 50 laboratories/establishments functioning under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and there is no proposal to set up new laboratory.
The recommendations of Prof. Rama Rao Committee, as finalized by the Defence Secretary Committee, have been accepted by the Government. These include:-
• Creation of Defence Technology Commission
• Decentralization of DRDO Management and Financial Structure
• Revamping of DRDO Human Resource (HR) Structure
These recommendations are aimed to check time and cost over runs, besides improving general functioning of DRDO.
Discussions were held on technologies and equipment required for Low Intensity Conflict operations. There include:-
• Detection Equipment
• Less Lethal Weapons
• Disposal of Explosives and Hazardous Materials
• Personnel Protection
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Tufani Saroj and others in Lok Sabha today.