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Defence Procurement Organisation – India Defence Research And Development Board

Published Sep 27, 2018
Updated Jul 08, 2020

The Defence Research & Development Board is constituted as follows:

Chairman : Secretary Defence Research and Development
Members : Defence Secretary Secretary Defence Production and Supplies Secretary Defence Finance Vice Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS) /CISC till VCDS is appointed. Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS) Distinguished Scientist/Chief Controller Research & Development/Director – Lab, as required.

Member Secretary: Chief Controller Research & Development DCOAS (P&S), ACNS (P & P) and ACAS (P) and other PSOs will be co-opted, when required.


The Research and Development Board will progress, monitor and report on all indigenous R&D proposals flowing out of the ‘Buy & Make’ decisions of the DAC. In pursuing these objectives, the R&D Board will liase closely with the Production Board and Service users.
The R&D Board will recommend suitable technology evaluation and assessment process and ‘Laboratory to Induction’ planning process for the approval of RM.
The Board will be responsible for providing Project specific recommendations for ‘Design – Production – Induction’ planning process for the approval of RM.


The Acquisition Wing, headed by Special Secretary (Acquisition), will handle all matters concerning Defence acquisition of a capital nature. It would have an integrated set-up with officers presently functioning in different capacities in the Deptt. of Defence, Finance Division and Service HQrs, working together as a close knit team.

The Acquisition Wing will consist of four Divisions, namely Land, Maritime, Air Force and Systems Divisions dealing with Army, Navy and Air Force, and a Systems Division responsible for systems having tri-Service applicability and medical equipment respectively.

Each of the Divisions will have Acquisition Manager, a Joint Secretary level officer and Technical Manager, a Service Officer of 2-Star rank, and a Finance Manager, an Additional F.A. level officer from the Finance Division.

Special Secretary (Acquisition) will be assisted by Financial Adviser (Acquisition) drawn from Defence (Finance). FA (Acquisition) will function as Integrated Financial Adviser to the Special Secretary (Acquisition).

The details of the process of acquisition are being formulated afresh. The Defence Procurement Procedure of 1992, as modified, will be followed in the interregnum. The acquisition process shall, broadly, have the following steps:

1. Preparation of Qualitative Requirements (QRs) for equipment featuring in the Long Term Perspective Plan (LTPP)
2. Inviting Tender Proposals with pre-determined Qualitative Requirements (QRs).
3. Equipment Evaluation Trials, whenever required.
4. Selection of vendor on the basis of competitive tendering.
5. Establishing Equipment Induction Cells for major/complex programmes.
6. Opening of Commercial bids
7. Contract /Price Negotiations
8. Approvals at appropriate levels.
The detailed process of procurement is being developed and will be put on the web in due course. A system of ‘Oversight’ is also being developed.