DRDO organises ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’ to encourage Defence R&D in Industry & Academia

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised an ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’ in New Delhi on June 27, 2023, with the aim to encourage Defence R&D within the industry and academia. Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan was the Chief Guest at the event.

A list of 75 technology priority areas were released on the occasion. The list identified by the DRDO is further divided into 403 technological categories, which further spread out to 1,295 current & future technology development tasks. The technology priority areas, as listed in DRDO Technology Foresight 2023, are as follows:

S No Technology Area
1 Additive Manufacturing
2 Aero Structures
3 Aerodynamics
4 Aeromechanical Systems
5 Agro Technology for Military Support in High Altitude Areas
6 AI/ML Technology
7 Alternative Power Plant
8 Antennas
9 Armoured & Combat Vehicles
10 Autonomous Systems and Robotics
11 Behavioural Analysis for Soldiers
12 Bio Defence
13 Bio Remediation
14 Biomedical Engineering & Technologies
15 C4ISR
16 Camouflage Technology
17 CBRN Defence
18 Communication
19 Control Systems
20 Counter Swarm Technology
21 Cyber, Information & Communication Security
22 Decoys
23 Detonics & Mechanisms
24 Diesel Engine
25 Directed Energy
26 Electric Power Technology
27 Electro Optics
28 Electronic Devices
29 Electronic Warfare
30 EM Rail Gun
31 Embedded Systems
32 Energy
33 Environment Protection
34 Environmental Testing
35 Fire Fighting
36 Guidance & Navigation
37 Guided Artillery
38 Gun Technology
39 Hardware In Loop Simulation
40 High Performance Computing
41 Hydro Structures
42 Hypersonic Technologies
43 Life Support
44 Materials
45 Military Food Technology
46 Mines & Mines Detection
47 Missile Systems
48 Multi-Barrel Rockets
49 Munition/Ammunition
50 Natural Hazard Management
51 Non Destructive Evaluation
52 Ocean Profiling
53 Parachute Technology
54 Passive Countermeasures
55 Propulsion Technologies
56 Protective Clothing & Gears
57 Quantum Technologies
58 Radar Technologies
59 Radome Technologies
60 Respiratory Management
61 Seeker Technologies
62 Sensors/Detectors
63 Soldier Support
64 Sonar Technologies
65 Space Situational Awareness
66 Space Technologies
67 Surveillance and Tracking
68 Swarm Technology
69 Terahertz
70 UAV
71 UGV
72 Underwater Defence Technologies
73 Wargaming
74 Warhead/Explosive & Ballistic Protection
75 Waste Management

Unveiling the 75 technology priority areas will provide a major fillip to the defence manufacturing sector by encouraging the industry to indigenise and innovate on defence technologies in order to place India on the self-reliance trajectory; thereby, promoting military technology design & development in the country through engagement with industry and academia.

The DRDO Technology Foresight 2023 listing all areas, categories and technology development activities was also unveiled. The document identifies the technology areas on which various laboratories of DRDO are currently working. It is available on www.drdo.gov.in. The list of activities identifies future technology areas that are required for development of defence systems and defence R&D for strengthening the security of the nation. The webpage will list major technology tasks envisaged in the near future for the defence R&D needs. Industry and academia is given the listing of various establishments of DRDO working in the respective areas, thereby establishing a seamless channel of understanding between various stakeholders.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of Defence Staff complimented the DRDO for organising the ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’ and stressed on the importance of indigenous defence technologies for the Armed Forces.

In his address, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr Samir V Kamat stated that the DRDO, Industry and Academia should work in synergy to take the technologies from low to advance level where it can be taken up for bulk production.

Director General (Technology Management) Dr Subrata Rakshit, Director IIT Delhi Prof. Rangan Banerjee and Executive VP L&T Shri Arun Ramchandani provided DRDO, Academia and Industry perspectives on Defence R&D during the Shivir.

Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt General Johnson P Mathew, DG (Admin) Air Headquarters Air Marshal PK Ghosh, senior officers of Ministry of Defence, scientists from DRDO, industry leaders and academia experts were also present.

The DRDO with its network of laboratories and centres is deeply engaged in development of defence technologies covering various disciplines, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing simulation, special materials, naval systems, life sciences, training information systems and modern agriculture technologies. Achieving self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems through development of state-of-the-art weapon systems and equipment is one of the core activities of DRDO. DRDO has been interacting with various Defence ecosystem stakeholders to foster the Industry & Academia cooperation to develop new technologies.