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Research Center Imarat

  • Location
    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Type
    Missile-Research and Development
  • Facility Status

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In 1984, the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) finalized plans to establish a model high-technology research center with advanced technical facilities for testing and evaluation missiles at the Imarat Kancha area, 20km from Hyderabad. Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi laid the foundation stone for this 2,000-acre facility in August 1985 and it was completed by the late 1980’s. This high-tech research center was finally named: Research Center Imarat (RCI).

The RCI tests and evaluates missile “components, modules, sub-assemblies, major sub-assemblies, and completely integrated missiles in order to weed out design, fabrication, and integration deficiencies…” For these purposes, the Center has an inertial instrumentation laboratory, full-scale environmental and electronic warfare test facilities, a composites production center, a high enthalpy facility, and a state-of-the-art missile integration and checkout center.


[1] A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari, “Propitiation,” in Wings of Fire: An Autobiography (Hyderabad: Universities Press (India) Limited, 1999), pp. 125, 130-131.
[2] A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari, “Propitiation,” p. 133; “Paper Details Missile Production Plans,” Hindustan Times (New Delhi), 27 February 1988, pp. 1, 5; in FBIS Document FBIS-NES-88-044, 7 March 1988, pp. 55-56.
[3] Dr. N.C. Birla and B.S. Murthy, eds., “Test, Evaluation, and Other Facilities,” Indian Defence Technology: Missile Systems (1998: DRDO, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi), p. 194.
[4] “Address Book,” Defence Research & Development Organisation, www.drdo.org.


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