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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. It has, therefore, a vital role to play in defence preparedness of the country.

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. The value of stores whose quality was assured during the year 2015-16 upto Nov 2015 was 15357.00 Crore
  2. Modernisation : Test Equipment of state-of-art technology have been procured and commissioned in the Proof Establishments and test laboratories. DGQA has upgraded its existing test facilities in line with NABL stipulations. DGQA is also 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.
  3. DGQA Technical Evaluation. During the year 2014-15, DGQA has carried out a total of 77 Technical evaluations and attended 60 User Trials of various stores, ammunition and equipment, comprising of a number of complex sub systems. 31 PDIs and 58 JRIs of various equipment/stores were conducted during the year 2014-15.

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. The objective of CM will be to ensure technical integrity control of material throughout its life, while allowing suppliers sufficient flexibility to develop cost effective designs that meet Defence’s stated requirements.


The Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) is the Regulatory Authority under Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Govt of India for Quality Assurance and final acceptance of military aircraft, associated accessories /stores including Air Armament & Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during design/development/production/repair and overhaul/up gradation. DGAQA also has 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 the product/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 34 Field Establishments/Detachments spread across the country.

DGAQA is also the nodal agency for Missile Systems Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA) and Strategic Systems Quality Assurance Group (SSQAG). These are Tri-service (DGAQA, DGQA & DGNAI) organizations for ensuring quality and reliability during design, development & production of indigenous missiles. Quality Assurance Stores Achievements Value of stores provided with QA coverage by DGAQA during the previous four years is given below:

Year 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Rs. in crore 14296 14898 14022 21803 19,829


  1. Development/Manufacture Projects
    1. SU-30 (MKI) & Advanced Jet Trainer (HAWK) : Manufacture under licence from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
    2. Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH): Manufacture
    3. Light Combat Helicopter (LCH): Development
    4. Light Combat Aircraft(LCA): Manufacture
    5. Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) , Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH): Development/Manufacture
    6. Air Armament Stores : Manufacture
    7. Indigenous Missiles : Development/Manufacture
    8. Airborne Early Warning Radar & Control System (AEW&C): Development
    9. Ground Radar Systems for Airborne applications: Development/ Manufacture
    10. Arrester Barrier Systems for aircraft : Manufacture
    11. Flying Clothing for Air Crew: Development/Manufacture.
    12. Tyres/Tubes for use in Military Aircraft: Development/Manufacture
    13. Batteries for use in Military Aircraft: Development/Manufacture.
    14. Aircraft tyres manufacturing & retreading.
  2. Repair & Overhaul (ROH) Projects
    1. SU-30 MKI/MG-21BISON/ Mig-27 aircrafts
    2. Jaguar/Kiran Jet Trainer / Mirage-2000 aircrafts
    3. Dornier(DO-228)/ Avro(HS-748) aircrafts)

Some of the initiatives taken by DGAQA include:

  1. AQA Directives on “Guidelines for Qualification Test Procedure & Acceptance Test Procedure of Ground Equipment/Test Equipment (Jigs) for Airborne Items (Electrical & Electronic)”and Environmental Stress Screening (ESS)” issued.
  2. Guidelines document for LCA on “QA & Certification of Tools, Test Equipment & Ground support equipments” applicable during Design, Production and Deliverable Phase has been prepared and issued by RDAQA (LCA TEJAS), Bangalore.
  3. CADD system installation for modernization of DGAQA Drawing office and to Digitize Authority Holding Sealed Particulars(AHSP) for Airborne indigenized Armament store


Directorate of Standardisation (DoS) was established in 1962 with an aim to control item proliferation within Defence Services. Foremost objective of DoS towards establishing commonality in equipment and components among the three Services to ensure that the overall inventory of the Defence Services, is reduced to the minimum, is being progressively realised through:-

  1. Preparation of various Standardisation documents.
  2. Codification of Defence Inventory.
  3. Entry Control.

Standardisation : Targets & Achievements

As per Five Year Roll on Plan approved by the Directorate, 89 New standard documents and 761 Revision documents have been completed up to Dec 2015. A total of 5,257 Standardisation documents have been circulated are circulated up to 31 March 2016. Committee of Chairmen Standardisation Sub-Committees (CCSSC) has approved Roll on Plan 2016-17 and accordingly target of 1014 Standardisation documents is set for the year 2016-17.

Codification : Achievements

A lot of changes have taken place in the field of codification across the globe in general and codification in India in particular. Participation of India in Main Group meetings of Allied Committee/135 (AC/135), the apex body of codification under NATO brought in new concepts towards codification, support to participation of Indian manufacturers in international logistic system. The salient achievements are listed below:

  1. Pre-induction codification: The pre-induction codification where manufacturer be committed to provide the codified data has been recommended by Dinesh Singh Committee for amendments to Defence Procurement Procedure.
  2. Platform Centric Codification: In order to make the existing codification system effective and quantitative, platform centric codification has been introduced. In future, the codification target of AHSPs would be set according to the contracts finalised in previous years.
  3. Bilateral agreement for sharing of codification information with NCB Germany and USA were signed by Director DoS on 18 Nov 2015 and 18 Feb 2016 respectively.
  4. Efforts for “Make in India” Project: As a member of Allied Committee/135 (AC/135), Directorate of Standardisation is actively involved in facilitating Indian Industry to participate in International Defence Procurement System. As part of this task, following were undertaken:-
    1. Directorate of Standardisation is helping AC/135 for registration of Indian manufacturers for to obtain SCAGEs, which are mandatory to conduct business in NATO countries.
    2. The awareness of scope for Indian Industry to broaden their customer base participating in NMCRL database of AC/135 was spread during Aero India 2015.
  5. NCB India: The Directorate has established a website of NCB India to spread awareness on codification and SCAGE representation.


The International Cooperation Division in the Directorate of Planning & Coordination under Department of Defence Production is the nodal point for activities relating to International Cooperation in Defence Production. The International Cooperation Divisions handles all matters relating to defence industry cooperation with various countries with which India has cooperation agreements in defence production.

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