39th Director's Conference of DRDO
Defence Research and Development Organisation, sought enhanced budget saying that China was spending close to 20 per cent of its defence outlay on research and development as compared to a mere 5-6 per cent in India.
For 2012-13 the organisation, with a string of around 50 national laboratories, received an allocation of Rs. 10,600 crore. This amounts to around 5.5 per cent of the defence budget.
In comparison, Israel and the US spend around 16 per cent of their defence budget on research and development.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation projected need for Rs. 1.75 lakh crore in the 12th Plan period to provide various products for defence. ($35 billion) [$350 billion is spent on research in USA].
DRDO undertakes projects in four different categories. These are: Mission Mode (MM), Technology Demonstration (TD), Science and Technology (S&T), and Infrastructure (IF) development. In the recent past, a fifth category, viz., Product Support (PS) has been added to cater to the activity relating to productionisation/transfer of technology (ToT) and limited upgrades.