Mis­sile men hon­oured by GOI


In an af­fir­ma­tion for the coun­try’s mis­sile pro­gramme, three top mis­sile sci­en­tists were hon­oured this year by the Government with Padma awards. DRDO Chief Dr Vi­jay Ku­mar Saraswat, Sci­en­tific Ad­viser to the Rak­sha Mantri and a sci­en­tist best known for his as­so­ci­a­tion with the suc­cess­ful Akash SAM pro­gramme, has been hon­oured with a Padma Bhushan. “It is DRDO that has got the award and it is a recog­ni­tion of DRDO’s con­tri­bu­tion to­wards na­tion build­ing,” said Dr Saraswat.

Dr Si­vathanu Pil­lai, DS & CCR&D and CEO Brah­Mos, and Av­inash Chan­der, Chief Con­trol Re­search & Devel­op­ment (Mis­siles & Strate­gic Sys­tems), are the other two em­i­nent sci­en­tists of DRDO who have been hon­oured with Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri re­spec­tively.

The coun­try’s mis­sile pro­gramme has en­joyed an up­swing since 2008, with sev­eral pro­grammes coming to fruition and new tech­nolo­gies prov­ing them­selves.

Dr Av­inash Chan­der

Dr V.K. Saraswat

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