The drdo full form is Defence Research & Development Organisation. The DRDO, India’s Ministry of Defence’s research and development arm, has a goal of empowering the country with cutting-edge defense technologies. It also has a mission of achieving self-reliance in critical defense technologies and systems while equipping our armed force with state-of the-art weapon systems. DRDO’s quest for self-reliance and the successful indigenous development of strategic platforms and platforms like Agni and Prithvi series missiles, light combat aircraft, Tejas, multi-barrel launcher, Pinaka, air defense system, Akash, and a wide range radars and electronic warfare devices have provided a quantum leap in India’s military might and created effective deterrence.
D = Defence
R = Research and
D = Development
O = Organisation
Balasya Mulam Vigyanam, which is the source of strength and drives the nation in war and peace, stands for “Balasya Mulam Vigyanam”. DRDO is determined to make the nation strong, self-reliant and independent in science and technology, particularly in the area of military technologies.
DRDO was created in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment of the Indian Army (TDEs) and the Directorate of Technical Development & Production(DTDP) with Defence Science Organisation (DSO). DRDO was a small organization with only 10 laboratories. In terms of topic areas, a number of laboratories, accomplishments, and prominence, it has progressed in multiple directions over the years.
Today, DRDO includes more than 50 laboratories that are actively involved in the development of defence technologies. These include aeronautics and electronics, combat vehicles and engineering systems. Special materials, naval systems, life science, training, information system and agriculture. There are many major projects underway for the development and deployment of missiles, armaments light combat aircrafts radars, electronic warfare system, etc. Significant achievements have been made in these technologies.