Samir V Kamat: New DRDO Chairman

Sameer V Kamat, Director General, Naval Systems and Materials Division of DRDO, was recently appointed as the new Chairman of DRDO. Kamat will continue in this post till the age of 60 years or till further orders. The same, the current secretary G. Satheesh Reddy was appointed Scientific Advisor to the Defense Minister.

Sameer Kamat

  • Sameer V Kamat full name is Dr Sameer Venkatapathy Kamat.
  • He earned a B.Tech Engineering (Hons) degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1985.
  • He joined DRDO in 1989. In 2015, he took over as the Lab Director. In 2017, he was made the director of NS&M.
  • Presently, he is serving as the Director General of Naval Systems and Materials Division of DRDO.

Recent Tests by DRDO

Recently, DRDO successfully flight tested Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range Chandipur, Odisha. Before this launch, DRDO also conducted launch of Iskander-M missile system and Test-Fire of Prithvi-II missile.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

DRDO is a premier agency, working under Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defence. It is charged with military’s research and development. The agency is headquartered in Delhi. It was established in 1958. In 1979, Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS) was set up as a service of Group ‘A’ Officers / Scientists.

Works of DRDO

DRDO has a network of 52 laboratories. These laboratories are engaged in developing defence technologies covering fields such as aeronautics, electronics, armaments, life sciences, land combat engineering, naval systems, materials and missiles.

Scientists in DRDO

DRDO is the largest and most diverse research organisation in India. It comprises of about 5,000 scientists belonging to the DRDS and around 25,000 other subordinate scientific, technical and supporting personnel.




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