Wednesday, May 26, 2010

DRDO Awards Function

The DRDO chief Dr VK Saraswat has said that self-reliance in critical defence technologies cannot be achieved by the premier defence R&D organization alone. In a terse statement at an award ceremony here today, he called upon the three Services to overcome their temptation to induct the latest weaponry from abroad.

“The Services … must understand that while the temptation may be overwhelming, to field proven, state-of-art imported systems, they too have a role to play in the economic and industrial growth of the country. No foreign system can be customized to completely address our long term requirement,” said Dr Saraswat, addressing the DRDO Technology Day Awards function.

Dr Saraswat pointed out that the DRDO cannot force the Armed Forces to opt for the indigenously harnessed advanced weaponry.

“DRDO has long been held responsible for the level of self-reliance in defence systems, but it must be understood that the responsibility for self-reliance should be shared by all stakeholders of the Ministry of Defence and cannot be placed on DRDO alone, which neither has the power to impose its products on its customer nor the mandate or capacity to produce the developed systems all by themselves,” said Dr Saraswat. “At the same time Indian Industry has not yet reached the maturity level to take up this responsibility on itself,” he added.

Welcoming the Defence Ministry’s initiative to restructure the DRDO following the Rama Rao Committee proposals and the Offset Policy to spur private sector participation in the defence industry, Dr Saraswat allayed the pitfalls of wanton import of weapons and defence hardware.

“We … look to the recently instituted Offset Policy of MoD, which should be utilized to bring in high-end technology and quality manufacturing processes into the country and must guard against the pressures of high volume low end build-to-print modules,” he said.

Pointing out that the DRDO was always open to partner actively with the Armed Forces, Industry and the Academia, Dr Saraswat, however, sought more freedom for the DRDO to pursue its “primary aim of developing world class weapon systems”. “It is reiterated that DRDO must be given the freedom to choose a production agency based on their ability to absorb technology and carry out value addition after following a transparent procedure,” Dr Saraswat said, adding, “Commercial Pricing cannot always be the overriding factor”.

The DRDO chief said that the successful missile development programme and the development of the Light Combat Aircraft ‘LCA Tejas’ has given the country a strong base in the aerospace industry, so much so that most of the international aerospace majors have decided to set up R&D/production facilities in India in the last few years.

Dr Saraswat said the DRDO is also actively engaged in combating emerging internal security threats.

“In view of the emerging threat scenario in sub-conventional warfare, DRDO has proactively undertaken the task of familiarizing India’s paramilitary forces with the products and technologies available for their use and plan to launch new initiatives in surveillance, early detection and warning systems to tackle the growing menace,” he said.

Dr Saraswat said the DRDO expects to conduct a test flight of the indigenously developed ‘Agni-5’, the entirely solid fuel Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of 5,000 kms, by next year. “With this, DRDO would have given India a comprehensive indigenous strategic capability, available with only a few nations of the world,” he said.

Quoting a study by the reputed independent evaluation agency ‘National Council of Applied Economic Research’, Dr Saraswat, who is also the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, refuted criticism that the huge sums of money being pumped into the DRDO during the last five decades has not been productive.

“The total production value of the major systems inducted into the Services has reached a (whopping) figure of Rs. 68,000/- crores during the last decade, with the modest R&D investment of about Rs. 3,000/- crores per year,” Dr Saraswat said, adding, “self-reliance index will certainly be enhanced with new major systems like MBT, LCA, Radars and Electronic Warfare Systems being inducted into Services.”

Presenting a roadmap, Dr Saraswat said the DRDO’s goals would focus on Space and Cyber Security, Hypersonic Vehicles, Directed Energy Weapons and Smart Materials, Composites and MEMS (Micro-Electromechanical Systems) -based Sensors. “A major R&D Programme on NBC (Nuclear-Biological-Chemical) Defence has been recently sanctioned by the Cabinet Committee on Security,” he said.

Prime Minister Presents DRDO Awards - 2009

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh presented the DRDO awards – 2009 to several scientists, academicians and industrialists engaged in the field of Defence Research and Production in a ceremony held in New Delhi, today. Scientists of DRDO engaged in various missile programmes, LCA, Combat Vehicles, MBT Arjun and submarine projects dominated the Award Ceremony.

The DRDO awards are given to commemorate the National Technology Day, to DRDO Scientists and laboratories in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards developing a strong indigenous technology base. Grouped in eighteen categories, the DRDO awards include technology leadership award, scientist of the year award, AGNI award for excellence in self reliance, life time achievement award, DRDO award for performance excellence, Special award for strategic contribution, award for best innovation / futuristic development, and best popular science communication award. Silicon trophy and titanium trophy are given to laboratories for their outstanding contribution towards development of systems and materials respectively. Besides these awards, the Defence Technology Absorption Award and Academy Excellence Award are given to select industry and academia respectively, in recognition of their valuable contribution in development of DRDO technologies.

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony, the Defence Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Dr VK Saraswat and several senior Military and Civil officials were also present on the occasion.

Following is the full list of awardees:-



The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai has made outstanding contributions in the design, development, manufacturing prototypes and performance evaluation of Tracked Combat Vehicles and Specialist Tracked Vehicles. The laboratory has successfully carried out the Transfer of technology for MBT Arjun. The first regiment of MBT Arjun was inducted into the Indian Army after successful completion of Accelerated Usage cum Reliability Trials (AUCRT). Third-party evaluation and the operational deployment trials, have established the role of MBT Arjun in the Indian Army as a potent weapon platform. The combat improved Ajeya, the Armoured Ambulance and the Bridge Layer Tank are other combat vehicles developed by CVRDE that have been inducted into the Army.

TITANIUM TROPHY 2009 – For the Best Science Laboratory

Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, a premier S&T laboratory of DRDO has been doing pioneering basic research and applied technology development in the field of structural as well as functional materials. Over the years, the laboratory has developed technologies for specialty steels and non-ferrous alloys, qualified for ship building and aerospace applications. The laboratory has also developed several strategically important materials and process technologies for diverse applications. Process for the manufacture of Titanium sponge on a large scale was perfected by DMRL and transfer of technology established to the industry.



Dr. Sudarshan Kumar Salwan, Former Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, while serving DRDO from 1989 to 2002 in different capacities made invaluable contribution in transforming Integrated Test Range into a world-class Test Range facility; bringing out Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System PINAKA as a potent weapon system that was inducted into the Armed Forces; formulating policies in strategic areas and giving a new dimension and thrust to the safety processes and procedures, both for the DRDO and the Armed Forces. Dr. Salwan played a vital role in development of warhead systems for missiles like AGNI, PRITHVI & NAG. He has been one of the main architects in development of Critical Weapon Systems and defence technology management for attaining the goal of self-reliance by the country.



Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, Distinguished Scientist, Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO Hqrs, and CEO & Managing Director, BrahMos has provided outstanding leadership for the design, development, production and marketing of the most advanced BRAHMOS-Supersonic Cruise Missile. After successful trials, BrahMos has been inducted by the Indian Navy and the Indian Army. BrahMos missile is a world leader in the cruise missile technology and has given India a decisive edge to win the war. Advanced versions of Brahmos, including the air launched BrahMos for Indian Air Force, are also being developed under his leadership. As chairman of the Board, he effectively managed the BATL, erstwhile KELTEC and resolved it from financial difficulties and turned around the company.

He also progressed handing over of MBTs to the Indian Army and production of Pinaka-Multi Barrel Rocket System. He has provided solution to USHUS submarine Sonar and acceptance by Navy for third and fourth submarine installations and other naval projects.


Dr J Narayana Das, Outstanding Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO HQrs has played key leadership roles in transforming the base technology of Fuel Cells at NMRL to viable and comprehensive product technologies leading to realization of integrated

fuel cell-based power plants suitable for diverse defence as well as civilian applications.


Dr. SK Vasudeva, Dirtector, System Planning & Implementation Centre (SPIC) and Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO HQrs, Delhi has provided dynamic leadership and made invaluable contribution in building State-of-the-art special armament systems and operationalising advanced Strategic C4 I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence) System thereby strengthening the country’s strategic capabilities.


Shri P Venugopalan, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad has made invaluable contributions in the design and development of liquid propulsion systems for Prithvi and Agni Missiles and development and productionisation of BrahMos cruise missile system jointly with Russia. He has provided excellent leadership in completing development of Nag missile and in user acceptance and productionisation of Akash missile system. He has resolved the problem of combustion instability in large thrust Variant liquid rocket engine with an innovative design.



Shri KN Rao, Sc ‘G’ and his team from Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun has successfully designed, developed and productionised a Limited Series of Command, Telemetry & Payload Data Links along with Tracking System for UAV Nishant. In recognition of their significant contributions, the Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance 2009 was conferred on Shri KN Rao and his team consisting of Sh Krishan Lal, Sc 'F', Sh PK Sharma, Sc 'G', Sh Javed Ansari, Sc 'C', Sh VS Lakhera, Sc 'C', Sh Vijay Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh Piyush Ranjan Jaiswal, Sc 'C', Ms Jaspreet Kaur, Sc 'C', Sh Suresh Kumar Patel, Sc 'C', Sh Sunil Kumar Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Manish Kumar Gupta, Sc 'B', Sh Ram Singh, TO 'C', Sh SK Chawla, TO, Sh NK Bansal, Sc 'F', Sh Mahakar Singh, Sc 'F', Sh AK Tiwari, Sc 'E', Sh VK Singh, Sc 'E', Sh Nitin Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh DK Gangwar, Sc 'C', Sh RC Kargeti, Sc 'F', Sh Pinaki Sen, Sc 'F', Sh Umesh Bahuguna, Sc 'D', Sh Dharm Vir Singh, Sc 'C', Sh Dinesh Dwivedi, Sc 'C', Sh MP Singh, TO 'C', Sh RN Verma, TO 'C', Sh Deepak Awasthi, Sc 'D', Sh JS Hyanki, Sc 'C', Sh Kaushal Kumar Kanwaria, Sc 'C', Sh Rabi Chowdhury, Sc 'C', Sh Ashwani Anand, Sc 'C', Sh Rameshwar Prasad, TO 'D', Sh DK Dutta, Sc 'F', Sh SK Verma, Sc 'F', Sh VVS Panwar, TO 'C', Sh BP Dandriyal, TO 'C'

Sh SK Arora, TO 'B', Sh Kuldeep Singh Luthra, TO 'B', Sh Prakash Chand, Sc 'G', Sh BN Gangopadhyay, TO 'D', Sh Manghe Ram, TO 'B', Sh Susheel Kumar Verma, Sc 'F' and Sh Davinder Pal Singh, TO 'C'


Shri KPS Murthy, Sc ‘F’, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune and his team has successfully designed and developed Tandem Warhead System for third generation antitank missile Nag and a new twin-axis gimballed directional warhead capable of neutralizing incoming ballistic missile targets. His team consists of Sh S Rambabu, , Sc 'E', ARDE, Sh S Harikrishnan, Sc 'E', ARDE, Sh SS Mukwane, Sc 'D', ARDE, Sh SR Vadali, TO 'D', HEMRL, Sh SS Samudre, TO 'C', HEMRL, Sh KB Borse, TO 'B', ARDE, Sh PV Naik, TO 'B', ARDE, Sh Y Sreenivas Rao, Sc 'F', RCI, Sh S Ravikrishna, Sc 'E', RCI, Smt A Padmaja, Sc 'C', RCI, Sh PK Pradhan, Sc 'E', DRDL, Smt Bidisha Lahiri, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh KD Dhote, Sc 'D', ARDE, Sh SL Dhir, Sc 'F', TBRL, Sh Anupam Anand, Sc 'D', TBRL, Sh Rahul Dixit, Sc 'D', RCI, Sh BV Ravi Kumar, Sc 'D', RCI, Sh Umakanth Masuram , Sc 'D', RCI, Sh Harish Kuqshal, Sc 'C', RCI, Sh Saravanan, Sc 'C', RCI and Sh Sai Kumar, Sc 'F', DRDL


Shri A Raju, Sc ‘F’, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and his team has successfully designed & developed Reaction Control systems (RCS) for various missile programmes leading to technology transfer and productionisation. The delivered systems are flight tested successfully with a proven track record of reliability & repeatability, thus validating design, manufacturing, calibration, qualification, acceptance and integration methodologies. His team consists of Sh S Karunanidhi, Sc 'F', RCI, Sh M Raghavendra Rao, Sc 'E', DRDL, Sh P Srihari, Sc 'E', DRDL, Sh PL Bora, Sc 'E', DRDL, Sh P Satya Prasad, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh B Penchal Rao, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh Ambadas, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh D Ramesh Babu, Sc 'D', DRDL, Sh RJK Chary, Sc 'D', RCI, Sh SN Jena, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh L Devsingh, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh AK Singh, Sc 'C', DRDL, Sh Y Narendra, Sc 'B', DRDL, Sh Deepak Kumar Gupta, Sc 'B', DRDL, Sh C Jaganmaohana Chary, Sc 'B', DRDL, Sh GG Thool, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh M Jayaramulu, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh D Prasad, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh S Nagakiran, TO 'C', DRDL, Sh P Subramanyam, TO 'C', DRDL, M Satyanarayana and TO ‘B’(Retd), DRDL


Dr SS Negi, Sc ‘G’ and his team from Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun has significantly contributed in the field of Electro-Optic instrumentation for passive surveillance in tank warfare and bridge laying applications. His team consists of Sh Avval Singh, Sc 'F', Dr Ajay Kumar, Sc 'F', Sh Neeraj Bhargav, Sc 'E', Sh Sudhir Khare, Sc 'E' and Sh Anand Kumar Gupta, Sc 'D'


Sh JC Kapoor, Sc ‘G’ & Director and his team from Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi have developed an innovative technology on Water Mist based Fire Protection in Enclosures for wide applications in Naval vessels and other land based Defence systems & facilities that will help the DRDO to acquire self reliance in the next generation fire protection technology and in the area of fire safety and survivability engineering. His team consists of Smt Meenakshi Gupta, Sc 'F', Sh Suresh Lal, Sc 'D', Sh Sharad Dwivedi, Sc 'D', Sh Pranay Matkar, Sc 'C', Sh Amit Pasi, Sc 'C', Smt Shweta , Sc 'B', Sh Saurabh Mittal, STA 'B', Sh Sandeep Kumar Dubey, STA 'B', Sh Deepak Kumar, STA 'A', and Sh Saryu Rathi, TA 'A'.



Dr UK Revankar, Director and his team from Defence Avionics Research, Establishment (DARE), Bangaluru have successfully designed, developed and productionised state-of-the-art Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) System for Su-30 Mk-I aircraft. For the first time in the world a mask free 6 channel RWR system has been realized successfully. His team members consists of Dr K Maheswara Reddy. Sc 'G', Ms R Pitchammal, Sc 'E', Sh B Dakshinamurthy, Sc 'E', Ms DV Renuka, Sc 'E', Sh Sadananda Upadhya K, Sc 'D', Ms S Sarala, Sc 'D', Sh Sreenath Bhat, Sc 'D', Sh Hemant Paranjape, Sc 'D', Ms N Priya Suresh, Sc 'C', Sh M Vengadesh Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh W Ashiq Ashraf, Sc 'C', Ms R Usha, TO 'C', Sh B Venkatesh Joshi, TO 'B', Ms Vidhya Selvakumar, Sc ‘D’, Ms Jayakalpana J, Sc ‘C’, Sh Raju B Doddamani, Sc ‘C’

Sh Rajeev R, Sc ‘C’, Sh Channamadev, Sc ‘B’, Sh Prakash M, TO ‘C’, Ms Suma H, STA ‘C’, Ms Kokila S, STA ‘C’, Sh Poiyamani S, STA ,B’, and Wg Cdr VPS Babu


Dr. SK Chaudhuri, Outstanding Scientist, Research Centre Imarat (RCI),Hyderabad and his team have successfully developed indigenous capability to integrate and deploy vertically launched Prithvi class of missiles from ships thereby providing naval ships with a capability for engaging and striking shore based strategic targets from the sea. His team consists of Sh DS Reddy, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh G Satheesh Reddy, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh S Gopinath, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh M Ugender Reddy, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh DLS Rao, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh N Siva Ganesh, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Ms N Sujatha, Sc ‘D’, RCI, Sh C Sreekant, Sc ‘C’, RCI, Sh Manjit Kumar, Sc ‘D’, RCI, Sh RS Hastak, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh Adalat Ali, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh RK Patnaik, Sc ‘G’, RCI, Sh KVP Saradhi, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh N Sivasubramaniam, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh G Rama Kishore, Sc ‘F’, RCI, Sh S Ravi Krishna, Sc ‘E’, RCI, Sh Mahesh Rajpurohit, Sc ‘E’, RCI, Captain (IN) S Bahadur, RCI, Sh Sandip Sharma, Sc ‘D’, RCI, Sh NV Kadam, Sc ‘G’(Retd), DRDL, Sh N Prabhakar, Sc ‘G’, DRDL, Sh PSR Anjaneyulu, Sc ‘G’, DRDL, Sh KS Varaprasad, Sc ‘F’, DRDL, Smt D Vijaya Lakshmi, Sc ‘E’, DRDL, Sh Indradeo Kumar, Sc ‘C’, DRDL, Sh V Srinivas Rao, Sc ‘C’, DRDL, Sh SC Sati, Sc ‘F’, R&DE(E), Sh PJ Thakkar, Sc ‘G’, ASL, Sh SP Dash, Sc ‘H’, ITR, Sh R Appavu Raj, Sc ‘G’, ITR, Sh A Thyagraj, Sc ‘F’, ITR and Sh A Madhu Kumar, Sc ‘D’, RCI


Shri N Sivasubramaniam, Sc‘F and his team from Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad have played a significant role in successfully converting Prithvi and Dhanush missile systems to the strategic mode. His team consists of Sh Ajay Lohia S, Sc 'D', Sh Anand B , Sc 'C', Sh Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Asish Talwalkar, Sc 'C' and Sh Sreekanth C , Sc 'C'

NB : The award will be equally shared by Sh UK Revankar, Director, DARE and his team with teams of Dr SK Chaudhurai, Sc H, RCI & Sh N Sivasubramaniam, Sc ‘F’, RCI.


Shri VS Mahalingam, Outstanding Scientist & Director and his team from Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bangaluru contributed significantly towards design, development and fielding of state of the art battlefield information system "CIDSS", thus significantly enabling net centric capability leading to a force multiplier effect for the field forces. His team consists of Sh MV Rao, Sc 'G', Sh CH Swamulu, Sc 'F', Dr Rituraj Kumar, Sc 'F' Sh Narayan Panigrahi, Sc 'E', Sh Philip Abraham, Sc 'E', Smt Chitra Viswanathan, Sc 'E', Sh Vikram Kanoi, Sc 'D', Smt Mahima Verma, Sc 'D', Sh Vikas Sood, Sc 'D', Smt R Bharathi, Sc 'D' Sh Lakshmish Nayak, Sc 'D', Sh Moulavi Irfan Ahmad, Sc 'C', Smt Smita Shrivastava, Sc 'C', Smt Ambily P, Sc 'C', Sh Prashant Ganeriwal, Sc 'C' and Sh Narottam Mohanty, Sc 'B'


Sh G Boopathy, Sc 'G', and Director Defence Electronics Research, Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad and his team has contributed, significantly towards design and development of 26 subsystems, testing, integration & production of 324 posts, realization, integration & demonstration of four COMINT stations on SkyWAN, station integration, Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for 17 stations and Site Acceptance Test (SAT) at 6 different locations. His team consists of Sh R Raghavendra Rao, Sc 'G', Sh Ashwani Kumar, Sc 'F', Sh PS Prasad, Sc 'F', Sh Anupam Sharma, Sc 'F', Sh K Murali, Sc 'E', Ms Soma Vashishta, Sc 'E', Ms N Sreelakshmi, Sc 'E', Sh Tapas Kumar Hazra, Sc 'E', Sh V Subramanyam, Sc 'D' and Ms VP Persia, Sc 'E', CAIR.



M/s Dass Hitachi Ltd, Ghaziabad has the unique distinction of having absorbed highly complex and multi-disciplinary CBRN technologies and has successfully productionised amongst others, integrated NBC Protection Systems, Integrated Field Shelters, NBC Filtration Systems and Ruggedised Scooping Devices. The Company has successfully bulk produced these technologies in a stipulated time frame for the Services, which has resulted in saving of foreign exchange to the extent of many crores. Dass Hitachi has also contributed significantly in developing a roadmap in providing a single point turnkey CBRN solution and has enabled the country to achieve a high degree of self reliance in this strategic and critical technology area.


M/s Godrej & Boyce Mfg CO Ltd, Mumbai was involved in the abinitio manufacture of metallic airframe of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The company has established the technologies for the programme due to their excellent skills, quality control, and extensive production documentation and manufactured 15 sets of hardware conforming to aerospace standards.



Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi has developed an acoustic device “Sanjeevani” capable of saving lives of people trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings caused due to earthquakes by determining the breathing process. The device was realised as a variant by successfully converting the defence technology of sonar into a unique product having civil end use. In recognition of the significant impact of this simple device on the society, the award was conferred on Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi.


Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior has produced Wool Care Spray, an efficacious, safe and cost-effective formulation for protection of woollen textile, clothing and fur/ feather-lined clothes from damage by wool pests. It protects the woollen textile/clothing throughout their shelf life and does not produce any stain on the fabric/clothing used by the armed forces personnel.



Prof N Balakrishnan, Associate Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru has immensely contributed in the area of information security by developing practical solutions for meeting defence and civilian requirements. He has brought out solutions in the area of traffic analysis, network access control, secure electronic transactions, speech processing, and multi-layer WAN security. These solutions were transferred in their prototype form to Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) for effective productionisation, testing, and successful fielding.


Dr ML Munjal, Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, a protagonist of quieter technologies has made significant contributions in the analysis and design of stealth linings for submarines, and silencing systems for steam turbines as well as gas turbines. His contributions have led to better understanding and improved design practices for stealth ships and submarines.



Dr PV Lakshmana Rao, Sc 'F', Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior has made outstanding contribution in the areas of molecular toxicology of toxin warfare agents, development and clinical evaluation of molecular diagnostic products for identification of viral agents of public health. He successfully created a state of the art Bioprocess Scale-up facility for the large scale production of recombinant proteins for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.


Shri A Apparao, Sc 'G', High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune has made outstanding contribution in establishing Fuelair Explosive and Thermobaric Explosive technologies as well as development of various explosive based systems including Explosive Reactive Armour Mk-I, Mine-breaching Systems and Flag-marker Systems.


Shri SC Sati, Sc 'F', Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) R&DE(E), Pune has made significant contributions towards development of Electro hydraulic Drive Control Systems for BrahMos Launcher, Hydro pneumatic Catapult Launcher system of UAV,

realisation of PAD & Target Launcher and production/technology transfer for PRITHVI Ground Systems and Water Cannon System.


Dr. Rajesh Rampal, Sc 'F', Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur has made outstanding contributions towards indigenous development of critical technology of 2-D IR Imaging Thermal Targets for night firing trials of NAG Missiles and Tanks and in establishing state-of-the-art facilities for the thermal signatures acquisition and radiometric analysis.


Shri N Rajesh Pillai, Sc 'F' , Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), Delhi has successfully developed new methods viz “ Deviation Triangle “ for linear complexity analysis of stream ciphers for its evaluation and “Interpolation Attack “ for attacking the stream ciphers.


Shri P Radhakrishna, Sc 'F', Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangaluru has made outstanding contributions in Radar Signal Processing and Radar System Engineering. He has been the driving force in establishing a family of 3-D Medium Range Surveillance Radars with fully DSP based Parallel and Programmable Signal Processing and Digital Receiver Technologies.


Dr Ashok Kumar Gogia, Sc 'G', Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad has made stellar contributions in development of indigenous materials technologies for production of aeronautical grade titanium and nickel base alloys of strategic importance. His work reflects a unique combination of basic research, applied research and industrial scale development/ production of strategic materials for defence systems with potential spin off benefits.


Dr Shashi Bala Singh, Sc ‘F’ and Director, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh has substantially contributed towards improvement in the quality of life of the soldiers deployed at high altitudes. Her innovative approaches on agro-animal technologies have ensured food security even at frontier posts of the Indian Army and provided an impetus to the agronomy of the region resulting in close interaction between the troops and natives providing insulation from security threats to this region.


Dr. Sanjay Eknath Talole, Sc 'F'’, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune has made significant contributions in the area of Nonlinear Control and Robust Control based on Uncertainty Estimation. His work has given a new direction to the research in the

guidance and control of aerospace vehicles and is recognized by its application in national and international aerospace programmes.


Sh KB Venkataraman, Sc 'G' Defence Avionics Research Establishments (DARE), Bangaluru has made outstanding contribution in the design, development, evaluation, installation and delivery of Modern Airborne Radar Warning Receivers and Self-Protection Jammer EW systems.


Shri Sudhir Kumar Mishra, Sc ‘G’, , Director Missiles and Head, Programme Office, DRDO HQrs, has made outstanding contributions in the field of Manufacturing Technology and Production Management, Project Management and Resources Planning, leading to the realisation of Missile systems for IGMDP. He has taken initiative in development and implementation of Integrated Resources Planning System that has led to the reduction in product development cycle time.


Dr Rajendra Prashad Tripathi , Sc 'G' and Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi has pioneered basic and applied clinical research using novel MR Technologies. He facilitated innovations in Medical management of NBC/HA emergencies by effectively applying the concepts of nuclear medicine techniques, and development of drugs and biomedical devices.


Dr S Gollakota, Outstanding Scientist, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad has made outstanding contributions in the design and development of Astra missile and its integration on Su-30 Mk-I aircraft. His astute leadership has established a number of multidisciplinary technologies related to weapon system development and integration with multiple platforms.


Shri N Sivasubramaniam, Sc 'F', Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, has made significant contributions in design, development, implementation and product improvement for Missile Launch Systems of Prithvi and its variants.


Shri Sanjay Burman, Sc 'G', Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bangaluru, has made outstanding contribution in the development of technologies for high grade encryption, robust synchronization and user friendly key management that have been incorporated into communication and information security solutions for strategic and tactical security requirements.


Dr DR Jahagirdar, Sc 'F', Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad has made significant contributions in the development of antennae and arrays for missile-borne microwave systems. The contributions include development of unique trans-twist reflect-array for MMW seeker, planer monopulse slotted array antennae for seekers in Ku and Ka band, monopulse printed seeker antennae at X and Ku band and development of flight-worthy antennae for systems in Prithvi, Akash, Trishul, Astra, Agni-III, PJ-10 and K-15 projects.


Shri R Venugopal, Sc 'G' , Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai has successfully developed assemblies and subsystems of automotive system of Armoured Fighting Vehicles. His notable contributions are the development of uprated 1000 hp engine; improvement of medium fording capability of MBT Arjun; design, development and qualification of hydraulic filters for LCA TEJAS and design of 1500 hp engine and transmission system for future MBTs.


Dr. Manjit Singh, Sc 'G' , Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh has successfully developed technologies for dynamic shock loading of materials in Mbar pressure region for high pressure physics applications. He was instrumental in establishing

experimental test methodologies and numerical simulation techniques for the design, development and evaluation of different components and subsystems of implosion systems.


Smt G Rohini Devi, Sc ‘H’, Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad has made outstanding contributions in design and development of Ultrahigh Temperature Carbon and Ceramic Composite products for strategic missile systems (Agni/BO5/AD), carbon-carbon brake discs for LCA, and establishment of state-of-the art R&D Centre for High Temperature Composites.


Dr N Shama Rao, Outstanding Scientist, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangaluru, has carried out pioneering work in Advanced Fibre-Reinforced Composite Technology in realizing major aircraft structures like wing, elevons, landing gear doors, radome and fuselage for Tejas Aircraft programme. The spin-offs of this technology have been used for Saras aircraft of NAL and for Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

(AMCA) programme.



Shri VL Narasimhan, Sc ‘G’ and his team under the leadership of Dr. A Subhananda Rao, Director, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune have created and operationalised a massive infrastructural facility for Composite Propellant Processing Plant at Nasik in a record time of four years. The facility will go a long way in achieving self reliance in the critical area of production of solid rocket motors for strategic missiles. His team consists of Dr A Subhananda Rao, DS, Sh Bikash Bhattacharya, Sc 'G', Sh VS Rasane, Sc 'F', Sh TVJ Rao, Sc 'F', Sh SC Bhattacharyya, Sc 'F', Sh C Gururaj Rao, Sc 'E', Sh KJ Thomas, Sc 'D', Sh Sushanta Das, Sc 'D', Sh Ashish Jauhari, Sc 'D', Sh RS Patil, Sc 'C', Sh CS Pant, Sc 'C', Sh Sandeep Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh Nitin Ahire, Sc 'C', Sh Chandan Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh VW Abhyankar, TO 'C', Sh ST Rangarajan, Sc 'G' (Retd), Sh Vikas Tyagi, Sc 'E' and Sh RS Gauba, Sc 'F'.


Dr Satish Kumar, Sc ‘G’ & Director, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh, and his team have made significant contributions in design & development of strategic warheads for multiple-launch platforms in all operating environments. His team consists of Sh Pravendra Kumar, Sc 'F', Sh Prateek Kishore, Sc 'F', Sh PK Khosla, Sc 'F', Sh MM Verma, Sc ;'F', Sh NC Jain, Sc 'F', Sh Arun Kumar Agarwal, Sc 'F', Sh J Santhosarajan, Sc 'E', Sh Ashok Rampal, Sc 'E', Sh Niladri Mukherjee, Sc ‘E’, Ms Nidhi Sood, Sc 'E', Sh Abhay Shankar, Sc 'E', Sh Dhirendra Gupta, Sc 'D', Sh Ashish Saini, Sc 'D', Sh Anil Kumar Srivastava, TO 'D', Munishwar, TO 'D', Sh Man Mohan Sandhu, Sc 'D', Sh Pawan Kumar, Sc 'C', Ms Shallu Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Sucha Singh TO 'C', Sh S M Sharma, Sc 'C', Ms Simran Kaur, Sc 'C', Sh Amit Gupta, Sc 'C', Ms Pragati Angra, Sc 'C', Sh Ranjeet Kumar, Sc 'C', Sh Brajesh Kumar Soni, Sc 'C', Sh Sanjiv Gupta, Sc 'C', Sh Sumit, Sc 'C', Sh TN Mondal, Sc 'C', Sh HK Chakerwarti, Sc 'C', Ms Neha, Sc 'C', Ms Sunita Rawat, TO 'C', Sh Sumit Kathuria, Sc 'B', Sh Balwinder Kumar, Sc 'B', Sh Gaurav Agarwal, Sc 'B', Ms Manpreet Kaur, Sc 'B', Ms Samriti Gupta, Sc 'B', Sh Sanjay Walia, TO 'B', Sh Khem Chand, TO 'B' and Sh Balwant Raj Sharma, TO 'B'.

Note : The award will be shared equally with Shri VL Narasimhan, Sc ‘G’ and his team of HEMRL, Pune



Shri G Kannan, Sc 'F' and his team from Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai have developed a unique and innovative ‘Drive by Wire Technology’ on a tracked vehicular platform with a conventional engine and transmission on a modular level. This technology can easily be adapted to the existing armoured vehicles to deploy these as unmanned tracked vehicles for mine clearance, NBC Recce and surveillance roles. His team consist of Sh N Seetharaman, Sc 'E', Sh R Alexander, Sc 'D', Sh N Babu, Sc 'C', Smt P Mohanalakshmi, Sc 'C', Sh K Anbazhagan, Sc 'C', Smt P Prabhavathy, TO 'A', Sh JE Cyril, TO 'A' and Sh Rajesh Kannan, STA 'B'.


Shri Sandeep Sharma, Sc ‘D’ and his team from System Planning and Implementation Centre (SPIC), Delhi have developed an innovative Strategic Command and Control (SC & C) System for the special weapon system having inbuilt security features including an encrypted software. His team consists of Sh VS Chauhan, Sc ‘C’, Sh Kapil Vermani, Sc ‘B’, Sh Dheeraj, STA ‘B’, Sh Vikas, STA ‘B’, Sh Kanishk, STA ‘B’ and Sh Anirudh Kanwar, STA ‘B’.



Dr AL Moorthy, Director and his team from Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi have successfully disseminated DRDO’s achievements to Academia, R&D Institutions, Engineering Colleges, Military Establishments and General Public through R&D Publications using high quality editing, designing and printing techniques as well as through internet website publishing. His team consist of Sh Ashok Kumar, Sc 'F', Smt Shashi Tyagi, Sc 'F', Sh B Nityanand, Sc 'D', Sh A Saravanan, Sc 'D', Sh Sudhanshu Bhusan, Sc 'C' and Sh Manoj Kumar, TO ‘C’.

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