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FROM THE DESK OF SECRETARY DEFENCE R&D
AND CHAIRMAN, DRDO

     It gives me great pleasure to present the Annual Report of Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) for the year 2016. The year saw immense contribution of DRDO for the nation,
significant of these were: the long awaited induction of LCA Tejas into the IAF, handing over of Varunastra
heavy weight torpedo and a number of sonar systems to the Indian Navy, the first successful flight of our
indigenous MALE UAV Rustom-II, the final canisterised test of Agni-5, development trials of glide bombs,
technical trials of ALTAS & ALWT, realisation of full array of Arudhra radar & core technology demo of
Himshakti, first dynamic firing of the ATAGS ordnance & recoil system, User trials of Nipun, trials of SDR-
NC, trials of GSAT terminals & Ambar broadcast terminal with GSAT-6, development of improved NBC IPE,
among many others.

     During the year, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared DRDO developed products worth Rs.
69,445 Cr for induction into the Defence Services leading to achieving a total figure of Rs 2.56 lakh crore
of products cleared for induction into the services.

     The year also marked the launch of a number of projects to keep pace with both our own technology
developments and the Services requirement. They include: Anvesha, RudraM-II, Akash NG, SMART, SWIFT,
VYOMA, IMSAS, ELEGANT & ATGM for Arjun MK-II to name just a few.

     Corporate HQ also swung into action with a release of number of new policy documents/guidelines
viz. PPFM-2016 and PM-2016. The 13th Five Year Plan document is ready and will be released before the
beginning of the plan period (2017-2022). Academia interactions reached newer heights with establishment
of three major centers viz. Jagadish Chandra Bose Centre of Advanced Technology (JCBCAT) at Jadavpur
University, Centre of Propulsion Technology (CoPT) at IIT Bombay and Joint Advanced Technology Centre
(JATC) at IIT Delhi.

     DRDO is also continuing its efforts on national missions of Govt. of India viz. Swacchh Bharat, Skill
India, Digital India to name a few. Our efforts towards Digital India saw the introduction of e-procurement
across labs, e-ticketing in pilot roll out & SMS gateway for DRDO alerts on cyber security, budget etc. which
must be taken forward by enhancing the depth & reach of our online efforts.

     It is hoped that this Report will present a comprehensive picture of the work and achievements of
DRDO in the year 2016, which may provide a useful insight to concerned agencies and policy makers.

     Jai Hind!

                                                                                                                       Dr S Christopher
                                                                                      Secretary, Department of Defence R&D &

                                                                                                                       Chairman DRDO

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