PIB Press Release
The Government has appointed a committee headed by Defence Secretary to examine the views of the stakeholders on the recommendations of Dr. P Rama Rao Committee. The Committee is in the process of finalising its report.
The details of major ongoing DRDO projects, which are yet to be completed with technologies / products developed during the last ten years is given below:
Major DRDO Projects / Programmes which are yet to be completed
Name of the Project / Programme
Date of Sanction
Original Probable Date of Completion (PDC)
Technologies / Products developed and status of Projects / Programmes
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Full scale Engineering Development (FSED) Programme Phase II
20 Nov 2001
31 Dec 2008
31 Dec 2012
More than 1330 flight tests have been completed utilizing 8 Tejas Aircraft. Maiden flight of the first two seater (trainer) version Prototype Vehicle (PV5) Tejas carried out. Air to ground weapon drop, air to air close combat missile release, sea level trials, cold weather trials, night flying trials and crosswind take off and landing have been completed successfully.
Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) Programme of Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy)
28 Mar 2003
27 Mar 2010
27 Dec 2014
Equipping of LCA (NP-1) fuselage is in progress.
Interception, Monitoring, Direction and Finding and Analysis System (IMDFAS)-Divyadrishti
27 Aug 2002
26 Feb 2008
26 Aug 2010
Limited integration configuration demonstration has been completed at production agency site successfully and ten stations have been installed at designated sites so far.
Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)
26 Jul 1983
30 Jul 1995
31 Dec 2010 (Projects for development of Prithvi, Agni, Dhanush, Aakash and Trishul missiles have been completed, whereas PDC for only Nag missile has been extended upto Dec 2010)
Prithvi, Agni and Dhanush missiles have been inducted into Services whereas, Akash missile system is scheduled to be inducted in 2012 and user trials of Nag missile has been completed. Development of Trishul missile has been completed as Technology Demonstrator.
Kaveri Engine for LCA
30 Mar 1989
31 Dec 1996
31 Dec 2010
About 1880 hrs on engine test has been completed on various prototypes of Kaveri Engine. A total of eight Kaveri Engines and four core engines have been manufactured, assembled and tested. High Altitude testing on core engine has been completed successfully.
Funds allocated and utilized by DRDO during the last three years is given below:-
(Rs. in crore)
Percentage of utilisation of Budget
*Based on CGDA 15th corrections.
# upto March (pre) CGDA.
DRDO has inducted 523, 625 and 754 scientists during the year 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively.
The following steps have been taken to strengthen the organisation:
(i) Consortium approach has been used for design, development and fabrication of critical components.
(ii) Three-tier project monitoring approach is being followed in the major projects / programmes.
(iii) Project Monitoring Review Committee (PMRC); and Project Appraisal and Review Committee (PARC) meetings are held regularly to monitor the progress of the ongoing projects.
(iv) Concurrent engineering approach has been adopted in technology intensive projects to minimize time-lag between development and productionisation of the systems, and Information Technology and modern management techniques have been applied.
(v) Participation of Services in all major programmes right from the beginning of the projects, etc.
(vi) Large number of R&D projects and research initiatives taken up with nearly 100 academic and other scientific establishments.
There are also international collaboration to fortify DRDOs strength.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Mangani Lal Mandal and others in Lok Sabha today.