CDBAE, JSC took rise in October 1969, when in the site of the Tula precision machinery plant there was established Special Design Bureau (SKBTM) for the purpose of manufacturing radically new products for the Soviet Army Forces - training aids  (trainers and simulators) to train operators and crews of guided weapon systems.

In a short time SKBTM staff mastered series production and delivery of the trainers for operators of anti-tank, tank and air-defense guided missile systems.  Alongside with that, there was developed a new line of activity – design of equipment for radio-electronic, radio and television control systems,   microelectronics.

In 1974, in connection with widening of the design bureau work areas, its staff increase, need of in-house pilot production, SKBTM was removed from the Tula precision machinery plant structure and reorganized into Central Design Bureau of Apparatus Engineering. 

In the mid 1980s, along with the trainer line of activity, CDBAE specialists mastered the radar line of activity, within the scope of which a number of scientific researches and development works were fulfilled. The main outcome of the enterprise activity in this period is the creation of the radar control system for the Khrizantema-S multipurpose all-weather anti-tank guided weapon system.

In the second half of 1990s, in the period of economic reforms which was the most difficult period for all the defense companies, CDBAE not only survived and retained its scientific and technological potential, but also created unified computer simulators for training operators of modern precision weapon systems. From 1998 to 2006, this made it possible to supply the RF Armed Forces with 17 unified trainers based on modern computer-aided technologies, е.g., for the Metis, the Konkurs, and the Kornet AT guided missile systems. 

In August 2004, on order of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau, CDBAE took part in development of the equipment for command transmission to missile and target tracking and missile guidance optical system beam capture for the optical version of the Pantsir-S1 air-defense missile-gun system. At the same time, the enterprise won a tender for development of a meteo complex for real-time computer-aided probeless atmospheric parameter determination; this development work was successfully completed in 2009. 

Within the frame of the Pantsir project implementation, CDBAE was tasked to develop and manufacture transmitting and receiving systems, antenna array monopulse feed, switching unit providing connection of  transmitting and receiving systems with other systems of combat vehicle, and Doppler-shifted signals retransmission device, which fulfils a function of a target imitator during radar aligning and adjusting.

In 2007 CDBAE, JSC launched series production of multifunction radar components for delivery to foreign customers and the RF Army.

In pursuance of the contract with the KBP Instrument Design Bureau in 2008-2012, classroom and mobile simulators for training crews of the Pantsir-S1 air-defense missile-gun system, of the Krasnopol and the Berezhok guided weapon systems were developed by the enterprise and delivered to foreign customers.

In 2010 CDBAE, JSC started creating a target locator radar module for the Pantsir-S1 air-defense missile-gun system. At the present time the radar module is series-produced.

In 2011 the enterprise started developing a number of simulators to equip the first in the country brigade combat centre. The set of the centre training aids comprises training simulators for armoured vehicle crews, the Krasnopol guided weapon system crews, the Kornet and the Shturm AT guided missile systems operators, RPO-A flame-thrower operators and others.

Within the radar line of activity the enterprise carried out topical works in designing and manufacturing surveillance radar for protection systems of high security state objects. At the present time, these radars are operated as components of radar security systems at a number of the RF nuclear power plants.