Defence Research and Development Organisation
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) (IAST: Raksā Anūsandhān Evam Vikās Sangaṭhan) (Hindi: रक्षा अनुसंधान एवं विकास संगठन) is the premier agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development in Ministry of Defence of the Government of India, charged with the military's research and development, headquartered in Delhi, India. It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production of the Indian Ordnance Factories with the Defence Science Organisation. Subsequently, Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS) was constituted in 1979 as a service of Group 'A' Officers / Scientists directly under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence.
|रक्षा अनुसंधान एवं विकास संगठन|
|Headquarters||DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi|
|Motto||Sanskrit: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम् |
"Strength's Origin is in Science"
|Employees||30,000 (5,000 scientists)|
|Annual budget||₹11,375.50 crore (US$1.6 billion)(2021–22)|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Defence|
With a network of 52 laboratories, which are engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems, DRDO is India's largest and most diverse research organisation. The organisation includes around 5,000 scientists belonging to the DRDS and about 25,000 other subordinate scientific, technical and supporting personnel.