DDR&D- Directorate of Defense Research & Development


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The Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), at Israel's Ministry of Defense, is a globally recognized center of knowledge and expertise in the field of military technology. The DDR&D contributes to the development, production and maintenance of the tools and technology used by the IDF and the entire defense estalishment. Their work guarantees Israel's ability to protect its civilians and maintain its qualitative military edge.

A joint Ministry of Defense-IDF body, the DDR&D is operated by both civilians and military personnel. Its director is appointed by the  Minister of Defense, in coordination with the Chief of the General Staff and Ministry of Defense Director General. The director reports to the Director General on issues related to the responsibilities of the Ministry of Defense and to the IDF Chief of Staff on issues related to the military. This integration and cooperation produces exceptional results in defense research and development.


1. Develop innovative concepts for defense technology

2. Manage the ministry's short and long term development projects  

3. Serve as a professional, technical body for the research and development of military and defensive technology

4. Cooperate with international partners in the field of R&D

5. Train the defense establishment's next generation of outstanding  personnel and tech professionals


DDR&D Professional Sub-divisions:

Research and Development

The department is responsible for developing technological building blocks as well as advancing and managing research and development efforts. Read More

Research and Technological Infrastructure

The department is responsible for defense-related technological infrastructure and applied scientific research. Read More

Israel's Missile Defense Organization (IMDO)

The IMDO is responsible for the R&D of active defense systems such as the Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 weapon systems. IMDO works in cooperation with the American Missile Defense Agency (MDA), on joint ventures and the development of defense systems. Read More

UAV Administration

The UAV Administration is responsible for managing the unmanned aircraft systems program to strengthen the qualitative edge of the Israeli defense establishment. Read More

Space and Satellite Administration

The Space and Satellite Administration is responsible for the development of satellites and their launching systems.

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There are additional planning, logistics and communications units within the directorate.