Army Design Bureau [ADB]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 17, 2022, 5:23

The Army Design Bureau (ADB) is one of India's milestone projects under the Indian Army's Make-in-India initiative.

The role of the Army Design Bureau is to conduct technology scans, identify technologies for acquisition and development, facilitate R&D efforts with industry, academia, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), and to provide inputs and enable them to understand user requirements while initiating design and development cases with industry, all to promote indigenisation.

Formation of the Army Design Bureau

On 31st August 2016, the Army Design Bureau was established during an Army Seminar on Make Projects co-hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi.

Objectives of the Army Design Bureau

  • Assist the Indian Army by serving as a central repository for technical knowledge.
  • To compile operational requirements from field formations and present them to the DRDO, OFB, DPSUs, defence industry, and academia for discussion.
  • To aid in the development of GSQRs and Statements of Case for the Indian Army.
  • To collect and implement the field formations' innovations.
  • Adopt the Army Technology Board and Simulator Development Division's charters and incorporate them into the organisation.
  • Assist in integrating and coordinating the efforts of multiple article category 'A' institutions with domain-specific centres of technological excellence.
  • Create long-term research requirements for the Indian Army and share them with the DRDO and academics.
  • Assist in the identification of various projects for the DRDO and serve as its single point of contact.

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Army Design Bureau - Make in India

The Army Design Bureau is working with industry and academia to create a variety of speciality technologies for use by Indian Army soldiers. Academia and industry are welcome to contact them with any concept or technology that could improve the soldiers' combat capabilities.

Academia -

Army Design Bureau has built relationships with many academic institutions around the country to allow their participation in developing solutions for the Indian Army. Initiatives have been launched to harness the potential of academia and guide their efforts to produce homegrown technologies in niche technology fields through various interactions.

Industry -

Army Design Bureau has created an Industrial vision for defence industries, start-ups, and MSMEs that are interested in introducing or showcasing their product/technology. It assists in aligning with the appropriate Army branch and, if necessary, facilitating capability demonstrations.

MSMEs and Start-U -

Army Design Bureau takes a proactive approach in reaching out to MSMEs and Start-Ups, harnessing their potential and assisting them in exhibiting their technology/products.

Projects costing less than Rs 100 crore are offered exclusively to MSMEs under the terms of OAP 2020. These include MSMEs and start-ups focused on niche technology sectors with possible military applications.

Army Design Bureau Projects

The new projects list is as follows -

  • Armed Drone Swarm (High Altitude Area) and Autonomous Surveillance.
  • Armed Drone Swarm (Desert/Plains) and Autonomous Surveillance.
  • Interdiction System and Integrated Drone Detection.
  • Low-Level Light Radar (Improved).
  • Runway Independent Remotely Pilot Aircraft System.
  • Lase Beam Riding Manpads.
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Army Design Bureau - Research Through Academia

Army Design Bureau helps in carrying out technology development with various academic institutes as follows:

Academic Institution


IIT Madras

Ramjet Technology

IIT Bhubaneshwar

Counter Drone Technology

IIT Gandhinagar

Management of Sewage in High Altitude Area

IIT Delhi

Night Vision Technology

Gujarat University

Habitation Shelters in High Altitude Areas

In recent years, the Army Design Bureau has catalysed breakthroughs and established institutionalised procedures to mentor and assist academia and industry in undertakings such as harvesting indigenous technologies.

FAQs on Army Design Bureau [ADB]

Q1. When was the Army Design Bureau created?

Ans. The Army Design Bureau was created on 31st August 2016.

Q2. Which institution collaborated with the formation of the Army Design Bureau?

Ans. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) collaborated with the formation of the Army Design Bureau.

Q3. Where was the Army Design Bureau launched?

Ans. The Army Design Bureau was launched in New Delhi.

Q4. In which technology does the Gujarat University contribute to the Army Design Bureau?

Ans. Gujarat University contributes to the Army Design Bureau with Habitation Shelters in high Altitude Areas.