DRDO gives a big thrust to exports by industries
DRDO has evolved a compendium of ‘DRDO Products for Export’ which lists the systems/ products that have been developed, proven and extensively trial evaluated by the research organisation. These products have huge export potential and many of them have already been purchased by friendly countries.
DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) was set up in 1958 with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies and a mission to achieve self-reliance in this sector. The organisation under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India equips Indian Armed Forces with state-of-the-art weapon systems as per their requirements.
The Indian public as well as private sector industries are valuable partners of DRDO and play an important role as development partners and/ or production agencies. Currently, more than 1,800 industrial units have joined hands with DRDO in delivery of components, subsystems, systems, platforms and technologies for the Indian Armed Forces. Many industries have achieved the capability and the capacity to become the lead system integrator whereas, some others have become part of the global supply chain and are exporting systems developed by DRDO to friendly countries.
DRDO supports industrial units in evolving the specifications of the export variant of the products (based on DRDO technology) to enable them to respond to the RFPs (Request for proposals) of friendly nations. DRDO also carries out customization of products to meet the requirement of customer countries based on the requirement of the industry.
The ‘DRDO SoP for Export of Military Equipment’ facilitates Indian industry and DRDO labs to provide necessary technical support to industry for responding to RFI (Request for information) before necessary approval from MoD (Ministry of Defence) is obtained by the industry. The DRDO’s SoP (Standard operating procedure) for exports is in line with the MoD’s SoP for exports and provides assistance to Indian industry to address the export needs of the products designed and developed by the organisation.
A number of advanced test facilities and equipment are available at the laboratories under the DRDO for trial and testing the products before acceptance by the user. DRDO provides access to its world-class high-end test facilities to Indian industries involved in designing, developing and manufacturing.
Moreover, DRDO has evolved a compendium of ‘DRDO Products for Export’ which brings out systems/ products that have been developed, proven and extensively trial evaluated by the R&D organisation. These products have huge export potential and many of them have already been acquired by friendly countries. The production agency involved in realizing these products/ systems are also mentioned. The industries can utilize this information to initiate dialogue for export with the interested friendly foreign countries. The export compendium is also hosted on the DRDO website for the benefit of industries at large.