Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
27-August-2012 15:37 IST
Quality of Defence Equipment
There is a set laid down procedure in Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) for development of an equipment. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is involved in development of state-of-the- art equipment for the Armed Forces. DRDO developed systems are evaluated by the Users through various phases of User Trials complying GSQR parameters. Subsequently, each system is put through Maintainability Evaluation Trial (MET), Director General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) and General Staff (GS) Evaluation. Once the system is cleared by GS Evaluation, it is inducted into Services. Production order to designated Production Agency is released by the User only after trials and evaluations have been successfully completed. Any short-comings noticed after inductionare attended by Production Agency. During the production, quality is assured by the DGQA. Wherever the quality issues are related to design aspects, DRDO takes corrective steps. DRDO undertakes product improvement I upgrades as required by Services. DRDO also provides handholding to Production Agency as well as User through Production Support Group created in the laboratory for post project activities after equipment is inducted in Services.

Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) do not allow induction of a sub-standard equipment developed by Developing Agency as every equipment goes through stringent quality control and various type of trials defined by Users.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Dr.ShashiTharoorin Lok Sabha today.