Missile System Quality Assurance Agency (MSQAA) was created in the year 1990 as a common Inspection Agency for providing QA coverage during development and production of Prithvi and Trishul indigenous missile systems under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) of DRDO.
Government of India had sanctioned 235 temporary posts which were to be equally shared by the three participating QA organizations viz DGQA, DTD&P Air (now DGAQA) and DNAI (now DGNAI).
The agency was placed under the administrative and functional control of DGAQA. The post of head of MSQAA is of the rank of Director/ Brigadier/ Commodore. The post of head MSQAA is to be held on rotational basis by the three QA organizations, for tenure of three years.
Role & Functions
MSQAA has also been made responsible for providing QA coverage for non-IGMDP projects as well.
MSQAA is required to provide QA coverage during development and production of:
Agni missile/ systems variants.
Akash missile system.
Nag ATGM system.
Brahmos for the Army.
Brahmos for the Navy.
Prithvi version for the Air Force.
Long Rang SAM.
Astra Missile System.
Ring LASER Gyro systems.
Other Missile projects of DRDO.
The involvement of MSQAA is during various phases like development trials, qualification/ environmental trials and user trials.
Brahmos missile hardware items which have been indigenously developed, are under manufacture at various private industries viz M/s Godrej, L&T, Astra Microsystems and others. The inspection and QA coverage for such large number of missile systems at Defence PSUs viz BDL, HAL, BEL, ECIL, BEML, etc. along with items produced at private firms is managed by the MSQAA.
Interaction with various organizations/ departments / agencies is as mentioned below:
DRDO: For various developmental programmes namely Agni, Air Defence, BrahMos, Prithvi, Akash, Nag, etc.
Army: ADG of Arty, EME, Mech Forces, etc.
Navy: NHQ (DSR)/DWE/DGNAI)
Air Force: Air HQrs, ACAS(Systems)
Strategic Forces Command: C-in-C/SFC
Public Sector Undertakings: BDL, HAL, BEL, ECIL and BEML.
QA Organisations: DQA(L), CQA(s), Controllers(NAI) and CRIs