Ministry of Defence25-November, 2016 16:47 IST
Projects of DRDO

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi on 04th November 2016 to establish ‘Joint Advanced Technology Centre’ (JATC)

There are 13 major Mission Mode (MM) projects of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) lagging behind schedule. Details are given as under:




Probable Date of Completion


Reasons for Delay





Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) :  Phase-II

Dec 2008

Dec 2015

(Under revision)

o       Technological challenges/ Embargoes

o       Flight test program restrictions

Naval Light Combat Aircraft 

(LCA Navy : Phase-I)

Mar 2010

Dec 2014

(Under revision)

o       Due to co-dependence of basic infrastructure in Air Force and Naval versions

o       Un-anticipated complexities faced in structural design

Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)  ‘Rustom-II’ and Development of Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) at Chitradurga

Aug 2016

Feb 2017


o       Design modifications/iterations in sub-systems which led to development delays

o       Delay in availability of certified LRUs and associated software

o       Export denial of critical items and delay in procurement of imported payloads

o       Delay in completion of ATR facility at Chitradurga

155 mm/52 Caliber Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)

Sep 2015

Mar 2017

o       Delay in realization of ordnance and recoil system

o       Delays in placing supply orders due to procedural issues for manufacturing of sub-systems.

Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C)

Apr 2011

Jun 2017

o       Delay in finalizing operational requirements & platforms including additional requirements by IAF

D-Jag System (Internal RWJ System for Jaguar DARIN III Upgrade Aircraft)


Jun 2015

Dec 2016

o       Critical changes in main systems

D-29 System (Internal EW system for MiG-29 Upgrade Aircraft)


Dec 2012

Dec 2016

o       Delay in structural modifications tasks for MiG-29 aircraft being done at RAC MiG, Moscow.

EW Systems for Capital Ships, Aircrafts & Helicopter of Indian Navy titled as ‘Samudrika’

Jan 2016


Jul 2017


o       Change in scope of ship-borne segment of the programme to include UETs and EA coverage from 180o to 360o for Project ‘Shakti’.

Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM)

May 2011

Dec 2017

o       Mid-way major upward revision of performance requirements by IAI (Design Authority)

o       Number of new technologies developed first time

o       Number of technical iterations required to establish Transmit-Receive Module technologies for Radar.

o       Design challenges in development of sub-systems by DRDO and foreign partner.

Air to Air Missile System: Astra

Sep 2012

Dec 2016

o       Technology/ design challenges

o       Delay in availability of critical components

Kaveri Engine for LCA

Dec 1996

Dec 2009

(Under revision)

o       Development effort was underestimated, due to lack of experience

o       Kaveri Core (Kabini) Engine development was initially not envisaged but added later based on experience of other engine houses

o       Flying test bed trials was added as an additional project milestone as recommended by IAF and CEMILAC

o       Lack of infrastructure for engine & component/ system level testing in India

o       1998 US Sanctions: Delay in delivery of critical components & systems

Advanced Light Weight Torpedo

Aug 2013

Dec 2017

o       Indigenization development of 120 kW warshot battery has taken time by the development agency HBL, Hyderabad.

o       Non availability of testing platform.

o       Restriction in time slots for sea trials.

Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MR-SAM)

Sep 2016

Mar 2017


o       During the development stage, systems/sub-systems has undergone multiple iterations during design, development and hardware realization.

o       Changes in system configuration.

o       Three verification flight trials included (not originally in the scope).

Government has not constituted any Commission for the same, however, DRDO has already undertaken the following steps to complete ongoing projects on-time.

·        Consortium approach is being used for design, development and fabrication of critical components.

·        Three-tier project monitoring approach has been instituted.

·        Project Monitoring Review Committee (PMRC) and Project Appraisal and Review Committee (PARC) meetings are held regularly to monitor the progress of ongoing projects.

·        Concurrent engineering approach has been adopted in technology intensive projects to minimize time-lag between development and productionisation of the systems.

·        Information Technology and modern management techniques are being applied.

·        Encouraging joint funding by users to ensure their commitment towards earliest completion.

·        Organisational re-structuring:

o      Decentralization of authority and responsibility with Director Generals (DGs) of Technology Clusters and Directors of laboratories/ establishments

o      High empowerment and accountability

·        Involvement of Services & Production Partners during development process and reviews – to know their views in advance including finalisation of GSQRs.


This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri MK Raghavan in Lok Sabha today.




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