Areas of Work

  • Industry Interface
  • DRDO in collaboration with thousand plus industry partners hasdeveloped several systems, equipment, products and technologies for military and spin off applications.

  • Technologies ready for ToT to Indian Industries for supply to Indian Armed Forces
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is a defence R&D hub which develops defence technologies, systems/products that are required for Indian Armed Forces. The vision of DRDO is to "Make India prosperous by establishing world class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive indigenous Defence systems and solutions".

    DRDO develops defence technologies in the project mode. In addition, DRDO also undertakes/ supports various technologies & products whose development has been undertaken through Research Boards, Technology Development Fund (TDF), Extramural Research and grant-in-aid schemes. In the process of these developments, DRDO has been generating Intellectual Properties (IP), Trade Secrets, Patents& Copyrights and has a mechanism in place to protect them. Whenever, the system has been trial evaluated and accepted by Armed Forces, the technology is transferred to the Indian Industries to manufacture for production and supply. While transferring the technology to the Indian Industries, DRDO provides the relevant 'know-how' to the industries in the form of Technology Transfer Document (TTD) and handholding support to absorb the technology. DRDO also provides the freedom to industries to carry out value addition to the base technology. Therefore, it enhances global competitive edge to the industries in the long term. This is a qualitative difference for the Industries when they acquire technology from the foreign OEMs wherein such value addition is prohibited at the receiver's end. All such value additions happen at OEM's end and often a new licensing agreement is required to be entered into by the industry for the value added product.

    Some of the defence technologies developed by DRDO have good potential and utility for application in civilian market too. Such technologies are transferred to the industries with dual licensing rights for defence sector (MHA and other Govt organisations) and commercial market. Thus, Transfer of Technology (ToT) of DRDO developed technologies to Indian Industries contributes to self-reliance in technology, industrial growth and national development.

  • Technology Management
  • Limited Series Production (LSP)

    DRDO undertakes Limited Series Production (LSP) for reasons as follows: (a) Industry partners were not identified during development phase. (b) Due to lack of confirmed quantity, production agency does not want to take up the production immediately. (c) There are issues that need to be resolved during LSP before Services gives clear indications for bulk production. (d) If the requirement itself is "one-off" or only a very limited quantity. (e) Specific tasks requested by Services.

    As opposed to an R&D Project which is essentially an in-house activity financed by R&D Budget, LSP is funded by concerned User Service HQ, is time bound (typically 24-36 months) and entails contractual obligations having time and cost implications. It may necessitate co-opting industry partners and transfer of technology to such entities.

  • Technology Acquisition through Offsets provision by DDP
  • The Directorate of Industry Interface and Technology Management (DIITM) in the DRDO is the nodal agency for all matters related to Technology Acquisition by DRDO. All Technology Acquisition proposals are forwarded by the Technical Manager to the DIITM/DRDO. These proposals are assessed by the Technology Acquisition Committee formed by DIITM. TAC will make its recommendations based on viability of the proposal, the technology implications, options for availability of the technology, range and depth of acquisition indicated, absorption capability in the country, status of IP before, on and after acquisition and a fair assessment of the cost of technology. The Guidelines for Technology Acquisition is placed at Annexure IX toAppendix D of DPP.

  • Key Technology areas for acquisition through Offsets
  • Export of Military Products
  • DRDO is one of the stakeholders in assessing the applications received from Indian Industries requesting for No Objection Certificate (NOC) for exports of Military products to friendly countries. DIITM processes all such requests and provide the views of DRDO on the NOC requests on priority to MoD for issue of NOC. Moreover, for export of Military products based on DRDO technologies, DIITM carries out all the coordination and interface for ToT and customisation of the DRDO technologies to suitthe requirement of customer countries.