Vehicles Research and Development Establishment

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Last Updated: September 1, 2005
Other Name: VRDE
Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Subordinate To: Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Size: N/A
Facility Status: Active

The Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) grew out of the Inspectorate of Mechanical Transport, which was established in 1929 at Chaklala (in present-day Pakistan) and subsequently moved to Ahmednagar. VRDE was made responsible for all wheeled vehicles, and in 1985, it was also given responsibility for light-tracked vehicles.

While the VRDE laboratory is not one of the main laboratories involved in chemical weapons-related research and defense activities, it has worked with the DRDE laboratory in Gwalior to develop the nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) decontamination system that includes a Personal Decontamination Kit (PDK), a Portable Decontamination Apparatus (PDA), Decontamination Solution (DS-2), and a Mobile Decontamination System.

[1] "Vehicles Research & Development Establishment," Defence Research & Development Organisation,
[2] "Address Book," Defence Research & Development Organisation,
[3] "NBC Decontamination System Developed," Indian Ministry of Defence, Press Information Bureau, 19 June 2002,

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