Wednesday, May 29, 2024

DRDO Reveals 75 Key Tech Priorities To Bolster Defence R&D

By Staff Correspondent

In a move to stimulate defence research and development (R&D) in the industrial and academic spheres, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) held its ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’ event in New Delhi on June 27, 2023. The function was graced by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan.

DRDO disclosed an inventory of 75 key technology areas, which could be instrumental in fostering a more robust defence manufacturing industry. The classification is comprehensive, branching out into 403 technological categories and further diversifying into 1,295 present and prospective technology development tasks.

This extensive technology catalogue will likely play a pivotal role in domesticating and innovating defence technologies, thereby setting India on a trajectory of self-reliance. The approach also endorses military technology design and development within India by engaging with the industry and academia.

The DRDO’s report, ‘Technology Foresight 2023’, containing the full list of areas, categories, and technology development activities, was also made public. The publication delineates technology areas that DRDO laboratories are currently focusing on and is accessible via

S NoTechnology Area
1Additive Manufacturing
2Aero Structures
4Aeromechanical Systems
5Agro Technology for Military Support in High Altitude Areas
6AI/ML Technology
7Alternative Power Plant
9Armoured & Combat Vehicles
10Autonomous Systems and Robotics
11Behavioural Analysis for Soldiers
12Bio Defence
13Bio Remediation
14Biomedical Engineering & Technologies
16Camouflage Technology
17CBRN Defence
19Control Systems
20Counter Swarm Technology
21Cyber, Information & Communication Security
23Detonics & Mechanisms
24Diesel Engine
25Directed Energy
26Electric Power Technology
27Electro Optics
28Electronic Devices
29Electronic Warfare
30EM Rail Gun
31Embedded Systems
33Environment Protection
34Environmental Testing
35Fire Fighting
36Guidance & Navigation
37Guided Artillery
38Gun Technology
39Hardware In Loop Simulation
40High Performance Computing
41Hydro Structures
42Hypersonic Technologies
43Life Support
45Military Food Technology
46Mines & Mines Detection
47Missile Systems
48Multi-Barrel Rockets
50Natural Hazard Management
51Non Destructive Evaluation
52Ocean Profiling
53Parachute Technology
54Passive Countermeasures
55Propulsion Technologies
56Protective Clothing & Gears
57Quantum Technologies
58Radar Technologies
59Radome Technologies
60Respiratory Management
61Seeker Technologies
63Soldier Support
64Sonar Technologies
65Space Situational Awareness
66Space Technologies
67Surveillance and Tracking
68Swarm Technology
72Underwater Defence Technologies
74Warhead/Explosive & Ballistic Protection
75Waste Management

The website will present notable technology tasks predicted in the imminent future for defence R&D needs. The industry and academia are given access to a roster of various DRDO establishments operating in the respective areas, facilitating a streamlined communication channel among stakeholders.

Highlighting the importance of indigenous defence technologies for the Armed Forces, the CDS applauded the DRDO for its initiative in organising the ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’.

DRDO Chairman Dr Samir V Kamat emphasised the need for harmonious collaboration among the DRDO, industry, and academia to escalate technologies from a basic to an advanced level, primed for mass production.

Key personnel from academia and industry, including Director General (Technology Management) Dr Subrata Rakshit, Director IIT Delhi Professor Rangan Banerjee, and Executive VP L&T Arun Ramchandani, offered their insights on Defence R&D during the conclave.

Attendees included top-ranking military officials, DRDO scientists, industry leaders, and academic experts, reflecting the collaborative intent of the event.

The DRDO, with its extensive network of laboratories and centres, is deeply involved in developing defence technologies across various disciplines. The goal is to foster self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems through the creation of advanced weapon systems and equipment. To achieve this, DRDO has been actively engaging with stakeholders across the defence ecosystem to promote Industry and Academia cooperation in the development of new technologies.

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