The mission statement of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has clearly laid out its tasks and responsibilities. DRDO is meant to design, develop and lead to production of state-of-the-art sensors, weapon systems, platforms and allied equipment for India's defence forces. It must provide technological solutions to the services to optimise combat effectiveness and to promote well-being of the troops. It should also develop infrastructure and committed quality manpower and build a strong indigenous technology base.
If DRDO completes these responsibilities that have been entrusted to it, India and its armed forces would not have to go around the world looking for equipment and weapons that are suitable to modern warfare. This is the premise under which the institution for defence innovations have been formed in the country.
The DRDO is for the armed forces and that's its sole purpose. DRDO gets nearly Rs 13,000 crore annually from the Indian defence budget in the recent years to ensure it delivers on these mission statement. There is clearly a supplier and customer relations between the DRDO and the armed forces. But it is not just confined to that binary. The relation is also enmeshed with the two sides becoming collaborators.
There exists criticism of the DRDO from the armed forces community that it hasn't performed up to the mark. But that criticism can not be a sweeping statement. For, DRDO has delivered to the a