66 Foundation Day of DRDO

  • It was established in 1958.
  • Formed from Defense Science Organization.
  • Administered by Department of Defense Research and Development.
  • Comes under the Ministry of Defense.
  • Dr Samir V Kamat is the current chairman.

Recent Success Stones:

  • On National Technology Day (11 May 2023), Prime Minister dedicated the Rare Earth Permanent Magnet (REPM) plant at IREL Vizag set-up using DRDO Technology.
  • Indigenously Designed and Developed Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT) ‘Varunastra’ was successfully test-fired with a live warhead against an undersea target on 05 Jun 2023 by the Indian Navy.
  • Firing of Astra Mk1 air-to-air missile from Tejas for the first time.
  • Landing of LCA Navy on Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant II.
  • Deployment of DRDO’s D4 system at Rashtrapati Bhawan, G-20 Summit, Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony.
  • DRDO’s oceanographic research vessel ‘INS Sagardhwani’ embarked on Sagar Maitri Mission-4 to Oman.
  • Crew Escape System (CES) for Gaganyaan Programme, was tested successfully.
  • Filed more than 141 patents this year and 212 patents were granted.
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