Research and Development in Defense

The Government of India’s Department of Defense Research and Development is working towards enhancing self-sufficiency in defense systems. 

The Department undertakes design and development leading to production of world class weapon systems and equipment in accordance with the expressed needs and the qualitative requirements laid down by the three services – Army, Air Force and Navy. 


The Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) is continuously carrying out research and development works in various areas of military technology which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation and life sciences.

The department executes various research and development programs through a network of 48 laboratories and establishments located at various places in the country. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), a society funded by the department, is engaged in the development of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

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