Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), an R&D wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD), is mandate to design and develop strategic, complex and security sensitive systems in the fields of missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, radars, electronic warfare systems, sonars combat vehicles, combat aircraft, sensors, etc. for the Armed Forces as per their specific Qualitative Requirements for enhancing the national security of the country. Over the past five decades, DRDO has developed / upgraded a number of systems / products /technologies, a large number of which have already been productionised. Value of systems / products / technologies developed / upgraded by DRDO and inducted into the Services or in the process of induction stands over Rs.2.56 lakh Crore. This figure does not include Strategic Systems. DRDO has always been acting dedicatedly towards indigenisation of weapons & defence equipments. However, achieving self-reliance in the field of defence is the joint responsibility of Ministry of Defence, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) & Ordnance Factory Boards (OFBs). Also production of these products & Technologies is done by OFBs, DPSUs and private industries. Government has always supported DRDO in terms to allocation of funds.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shrimati Vandana Chavan in Rajya Sabha today.