DRDO chief Satheesh Reddy conferred Missile Systems Award
Aerospace scientist and Chief of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), G Satheesh Reddy has been conferred the Missile Systems Award 2019 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Satheesh Reddy shares the award with Rondell J. Wilson, a former Principal Engineering Fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems. He is the first Indian and first person outside the USA to be awarded this prestigious award in nearly four decades.
- Satheesh Reddy is the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and is considered the architect of advanced missile technologies and smart guided weapons technologies in India.
- Satheesh Reddy was the Project Director for the design and development of the country’s first 1,000 kg class guided bomb which has enhanced precision strike capabilities.
- Satheesh Reddy is also the first scientist from India to receive the Silver Medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society, London.
- Satheesh Reddy has also played a key role in the development of some key systems, including tactical missile systems such as the quick reaction surface-to-air missile, the portable anti-tank guided missile and the HELINA and NAG anti-tank weapons.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society of Aerospace Engineers. AIAA aims to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life.
The Missile Systems Award recognises excellence in developing or implementing missile systems technology, including significant technological accomplishments or for inspired leadership of missile systems programmes.