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Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) is an Inter-Service Organisation functioning under the Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence. DGQA is responsible for second party Quality Assurance of all defence stores and equipment, both imported as well as indigenous, for the Army, Navy (excluding Naval Armaments) and common user items for the Air Force procured from Private Sector, Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories.

Organisational Structure and Functions:

DGQA Organisation is structured into eleven Technical Directorates, each responsible for a distinct range of equipment. The Technical Directorates are structured in two tiers for functional purposes, comprising of Controllerates and Field Quality Assurance Establishments. In addition, there are Proof Establishments in Armament Discipline for carrying out proof of weapons and ammunition.


  1. Quality Assurance of Stores. DGQA carried out inspection of defence stores of the total value of 24659.00 Crore during 2015-16.
  2. DGQA Technical Evaluation. During the year 2015-16, DGQA has carried out a total of 95 Technical evaluations and attended 62 User Trials of various stores, ammunition and equipment, comprising of a number of complex sub systems. 39 PDIs and 66 JRIs of various equipment/stores were conducted during the year 2015-16

Future Challenges

The responsibility of Vendor Registration has been reassigned to DGQA. With the “Make in India” programme there will be a boost to Indigenisation in the Defence Industry and a resultant growth in the number of new vendors. In order to maintain a uniform standard of Quality and adhere to the strict evaluation norms being followed by DGQA, the concept of Configuration Management (CM) is being adopted to ensure technical integrity control of material throughout its life.

Modernisation : DGQA has upgraded its existing test facilities in line with NABL stipulations. It has also been providing the Lab Test facilities & Proof facilities to Private Vendors for Indigenization purposes. DGQA also plays a pivotal role in formulation of BIS standards and Joint Service Specifications besides Departmental specifications.

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DGAQA is the Regulatory Authority under Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence for Quality Assurance and Final Acceptance of Military Aircrafts, Associated Accessories/Stores including Air Armaments & Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during Design, Development/Production/Repair and Overhaul/ Upgradation. DGAQA plays an important role in providing Technical Consultation to Ministry of Defence, Service HQrs & Main Contractor during various stages of procurement and in-house manufacture of Defence Aero Stores. It ensures Conformance of products/services to the laid down specifications/standards thereof and effective Quality Management Systems at the premises of suppliers of such products, enhancing the safety of military aircraft/airborne systems. DGAQA functions from its HQ at New Delhi through a network of 49 Field Establishments/Detachments spread across the country.

DGAQA is also the Nodal Agency for Missile Systems Quality Assurance (MSQAA) and Strategic Systems Quality Assurance Group (SSQAG).


Value of stores provided with QA coverage by DGAQA during the current year & previous four years is given below:

Financial Year 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Value in Rs (Crore ) 22877 25166 24271 32381 35734


(a. )Development /Manufacturing Projects:

  • SU- 30(MKI) : Manufacturing under License from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
  • Advance Light Helicopter (ALH): Manufacturing.
  • Light Combat Helicopter (LCH): Development/Manufacturing.
  • Light Utility Helicopter (LUH): Development/Manufacturing.
  • Light Combat Aircraft (LCA): Development/Manufacturing.
  • Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT): Development/Manufacturing.
  • Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40): Development/Manufacturing.
  • Saras Transport Aircraft (Military Version): Development.
  • Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA): Development.
  • Kiran UAV: Development
  • Dornier (DO-228) Aircraft: Manufacturing.
  • Parachutes (Brake, Pilot, Drogue, Anti Spin, Recovery etc.):Development/Manufacturing.
  • Air Armament Stores: Manufacturing/Development.
  • Indigenous Missiles: Development/ Manufacturing.
  • Airborne Early Warning Radar & Control System (AEW&C): Development.
  • Ground Radar Systems for Airborne Applications: Development/Manufacturing.
  • Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESA Radar for LCA): Development.
  • Simulators for Jaguar, Hawk- 132, Mirage, Su-30, LCA etc: Development/Manufacturing.
  • Arrester Barriers for Aircraft: Manufacturing.
  • Flying Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment for Air Crew: Development/ Manufacturing etc.
  • Airbus C-295 Transport Aircraft: Manufacturing by OEM
  • Kiran UAV: Development

(b.) Repair & Overhaul (ROH) Projects:

  • SU- 30 MKI/ HAWK Aircraft, Jaguar/ Kiran Jet Trainer/ Mirage-2000 Aircrafts, Dornier (DO-228)/ Avro (HS-748) Aircrafts, Helicopters e.g. Cheetah, Chetak, ALH, Accessories & Aero Engines.

(c.) Modification/ Upgradation/ Life Extension Projects:

  • SU-30 MK-I - Upgradation.
  • Mirage-2000 - Upgradation.
  • Jaguar- DARIN-III - Upgradation.
  • Kiran MK I / II - Life Extension.
  • Jaguar Aircraft - Total Technical Life Extension (TTLE).
  • ALH- MK III - Upgradation (DHRUV).
  • ALH MK IV - Weapon System Integration(RUDRA)
  • Modification of Transport Aircraft and Helicopters with Search and Rescue Equipments.
  • Modernization of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI).
  • AJT Hawk MK-132: Upgradation

Important Policy Decisions/ Achievements:

  1. DDPMAS (IMTAR-21) Version 1.0 jointly issued by Secy DP and Secy R&D.
  2. QA Certification towards ‘Trails/Testing’ and ‘Fit for Military Use’ to Firms even without any formal supply orders from services as part of Export Promotion Scheme.
  3. Development of a futuristic model of ‘Quality Rating of Firms’ in association with Ordinance Factories, IAF & HAL incorporating methodology for enhanced delegation of QA/QC Activities.
  4. Indigenously developed Air Inflatable Bags 12 Ton, Qty- 152 Nos, Tool riveting brake unit and rig hydraulic press for jaguar aircraft have been inspected and cleared. Indigenous development of 40 KVA GPU, 90 KVA GPU (Universal), AIB 15 & 26 Tons is under progress.
  5. DGAQA Approval of a Firm & its Quality Management System (AFQMS): Total 92 Nos. DPSUs, Oil PSUs & Private Firms Approved.
  6. Capacity Assessment & Registration of Firms and Test Labs: Total 77 Firms Registered and 13 Test Labs Approved.
  7. Association in Court of Inquiry as Technical member and participation in all defect investigations.
  8. Assessment of Third Party Inspection bodies for Outsourcing by HAL.
  9. Two DGAQA Officers were awarded DRDO Agni for their contribution in providing effective QA Coverage during Indigenous Development of Special Aluminum Alloys for LCA through DMRL Lab Hyderabad.
  10. 303 Nos of DGAQA Officers have undergone different QA and Management related Courses & Trainings during year 2022-2023.
  11. AFQMS network for ATF (Jet A-1) across all Fuel manufacturing refineries, and marketing Labs (IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, RIL) for supply to services.

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3.Directorate of Standardisation.

Standardisation is the process of developing and agreeing upon technical standards. A standard is a document that establishes uniform engineering or technical specifications, criteria, methods, processes, or practices. Standardisation is an essential tool of Logistics Management for the Armed Forces. The main aim of Standardisation in Defence is to reduce the existing inventory without affecting the preparedness/efficiency of the Defence Forces.

Codification is the process of standardising and developing a norm through entry control and variety reduction.

The Directorate of Standardisation was established on 26 Jun 1962 under DRDO with the objective of controlling items proliferation within the Defence Services. The organisation was transferred under control of Department of Defence Production & Supplies (DP&S) in 1965. Directorate of Standardisation has 09 Standardisation Cells located at Ichapur, Kanpur, Bangalore, Pune, Jabalpur, Chennai, Dehradun, New Delhi(Badarpur) and Hyderabad and three Detachments located at Mumbai, Vishakapatnam & Kochi. Dte also has two Training Institutes at Pune and Delhi co-located with the Standardisation Cells at respective locations.

Standardisation is an essential tool of Logistics Management for the Armed Forces. The lesser number of items procured, stocked, maintained, transported and used by troops in the field, the better it is for efficient management. The main aim of Standardisation in Defence is to reduce the existing inventory without affecting the preparedness/efficiency of the Defence Forces. To accomplish this goal, the Directorate of Standardisation has created a strong database of Defence Inventory.

Directorate of Standardisation has signed a landmark agreement with Allied Committee (AC/135) on 10 Jun 08 for India to become a member of AC/135, the Apex Body of NATO Codification System (NCS). This agreement has placed Indian Codification System at International level and now this Directorate has attained the status of being National Codification Bureau (NCB) of India and Tier-II member nation status wef Feb 2019.

The Tier-II member nation status will facilitate codification data exchange between NCBs of India and other member nation of NCS. Since large number of equipment and weapon system are being imported from Western nations, it will considerably reduce our codification efforts.

The aim of having this website is to facilitate the Defence Organisations to have an easy and fast access to the standards and manufacturers to process application for NCAGE Code towards codification of item of supply with NATO Stock Number(NSN). We would welcome any suggestions/views to make this website more informative and interesting.

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The Directorate of Planning & Coordination, established in 1964, is entrusted to promote Indigenization and realize objectives of ‘Make in India’ initiative in defence sector by rendering advice on Capital Acquisition proposals of SHQs from DDP’s perspective ; proposing amendments in defence procurement procedure; formulating enabling policy/guidelines;encourage private sector participation and enhancing international cooperation between Indian & foreign companies. These activities are carried out in close liaison with Users and other stakeholders keeping in view the overall objective of substantive self-reliance in defence requirement.

5. Directorate of Ordnance (Coordination and Services), DOO(C&S)

The Union Cabinet decided, to corporatize functions of 41 production units (Ordnance Factories) of the Ordnance Factory Board (“OFB”), functioning under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence (“DDP”), on 16th June, 2021. The management, control, operation and maintenance of 41 production units was handed over to newly formed 7 DPSUs namely Munitions India Limited (MIL), Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVNL), Troop Comfort Limited (TCL), India Optel Limited (IOL), Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL), Yantra India Limited (YIL), Gliders India Limited (GIL) w.e.f 1st October, 2021.

Under restructuring of Ordnance Factories Organization, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was dissolved w.e.f. 1st October, 2021 and Headquarter formation of OFB was renamed as Directorate of Ordnance (Coordination & Services). The Directorate has following composition:

  1. DOO(C&S), Kolkata
    • 6 Divisions – OF Hospitals & Schools; Group-B officers; NIEs & IEs; Budget & Assets Management; Administration & Coordination and IT.
    • 7 Field units located at Jabalpur, Kanpur, Dehradun, Khadki, Ambajhari, Avadi and Kolkata
  2. DOO(C&S), Delhi
    • 2 Divisions – Gr A Gazetted and New Defence Companies

The broad duties of the Directorate are as under:

  1. Smooth transition to the 7 new Defence Companies.
  2. To look after HR issues of the employees of erstwhile OFB during the transition phase (till the time the employees of erstwhile OFB continue to be Central Government employees)
  3. To manage OF Schools and OF Hospitals till such time the OF Hospitals and Schools are transferred to another Departments/Organisations.

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