Vol. 30, Issue 09, September 2010 - DRDO

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Vol. 30, Issue 09, September 2010 - DRDO

September 2010A MONTHLY HOUSE BULLETIN OF DEFENCE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONVol. 30 No. 9Interceptor Missile Test-FiredDefence Research and Development Organisation has flight-testedthe fourth consecutive successful Interceptor Missile against theincoming Ballistic Missile in endo-atmospheric regime at 15 kmaltitude on 26 July 2010 and has achieved a direct hit.The single-stage interceptor missile fitted with directional warheadand other advanced systems neutralised the target, which wasmimicking the incoming enemy ballistic missile.in this issueInterceptor Missile Test-FiredHon’ble Raksha Mantri visits DIHARPSC on Defence at DIHARSA to RM at Simulator Development DivisionFuselage JunctionFirst Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) Rolls-outDeLAS v2.0: A Step AheadManpower Development ActivitiesPromotionsVisits to DRDO Labs / EsttsTo mimic the incoming enemy’s ballistic missile trajectory, a targetmissile was launched from Launch Complex – III, Integrated TestRange (ITR), Chandipur. The interceptor missile fitted with directionalwarhead was launched from Wheeler Island, in the Bay of Bengal. Itdestroyed the target missile in mid air. The target missile broke intofragments and it was tracked by various radars and sensors. All weaponsystem elements including command and control, communication andradars, performed satisfactorily.Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, DirectorGeneral DRDO and Secretary, Defence R&D, witnessed the InterceptorMissile Test along with Shri Avinash Chander, Distinguished Scientistand Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad; Dr KSekhar, Chief Controller R&D (MS & LIC); Shri VLN Rao, ProgrammeDirector; Shri SK Ray, Distinguished Scientist and Director, ResearchCentre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; Shri P Venugopalan, OutstandingScientist and Director, Defence Research and Development Laboratory(DRDL), Hyderabad; Shri SP Dash, Outstanding Scientist and Director,ITR; and users representatives Air Marshal PK Barbora, PVSM, VM,ADC, Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS), IAF and Maj Gen VK Saxena,ADG, Army Air Defence, Indian Army.1 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterHon’ble Raksha Mantri visits DIHARHon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri AK Antony visitedDIHAR, Leh, Ladakh, on 22 June 2010. Shri PradeepKumar, Defence Secretary; Shri Sundaram Krishna,Addl. Secretary and Advisor to RM; Dr W Selvamurthy,Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller R&D(LS), DRDO; Shri Chering Dorjey, Chief ExecutiveCouncillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill DevelopmentCouncil (LAHDC), Leh; Lt Gen SK Singh, AVSM, GOC,14 Corps; and Tsewang Tundup, Executive Councillorof Agriculture, LAHDC, Leh, were also present amongthe other distinguished dignitaries.Dr Shashi Bala Singh, Director, DIHAR briefed onthe salient activities of DIHAR. Dr Singh highlightedon the low-cost agro-animal technologies developedby the Institute and its acceptance among the localfarmers, which has boosted the fresh food availabilityin the region, and has helped in their socio-economicupliftment.Hon’ble Raksha Mantri visited the laboratory andfield stations of DIHAR, and appreciated the excellentDirector, DIHAR briefing Hon’ble Raksha MantriShri AK Antony and Dr Selvamurthy at DIHARefforts made by DIHAR scientists in developing newresearch technologies in the field of high altitudeagriculture and animal husbandry, which have greatlyhelped in changing the face of Ladakh. He directedDIHAR to establish more green houses in Siachen areaand greening of Ladakh for the well being of troopsdeployed in the region.PSC on Defence at DIHARThe Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) onDefence, headed by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’bleMember of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), visited DIHAR,Leh, Ladakh, on 14 June 2010. Dr Shashi Bala Singh,Director, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research(DIHAR), gave a brief descriptionon the activities of DIHAR. Shehighlighted on the low-cost agroanimaltechnologies developedby the Institute and its acceptanceamong the local farmers. She alsoadded that his in turn has boostedthe availability of fresh food in theregion, and has helped in theirsocio-economic upliftment.The Members of Parliament visited the laboratory andfield stations of DIHAR, and appreciated the excellentefforts made by DIHAR scientists in developing theDirector, DIHAR briefing the R&Dactivities of DIHAR to the Membersof PSC on Defencehigh altitude cold desert of Ladakh. They interactedwith representatives from farmers and Armed Forcesto discuss the benefits derived from DIHAR researchactivities for their well being. They appreciated theinnovativeness of DIHAR, which is good mixture ofresearch and extension. Theyalso showed keen interest inestablishing DIHAR-type researchinstitute and extension model forthe development of the Northeasternsector. Shri G Elangovan,Distinguished Scientist and ChiefController R&D (R&M); ShriChering Dorjey, Chief ExecutiveCouncillor, LAHDC, Leh;Lt Gen SK Singh, AVSM, GOC, 14Corps; and Tsewang Tundup, Executive Councillor ofAgriculture, LAHDC, Leh, were also present among theother distinguished dignitaries.September 20102


SA to RM at Simulator Development DivisionThe Simulator Development Division (SDD) is apremier establishment of the Indian Army involved inthe design and development of training simulators.He appreciated the demonstration on Infantry WeaponTraining Simulator to hone the firing skills of soldiers inconventional and counter-insurgency operations. SA toRM took keen interest in the demonstration on TruckDriving Simulator based on ALS and remarked that‘SDD has mastered the complexity of the technologyin the field of Simulation’. He expressed keenness topromote synergy between DRDO and SDD.SA to RM viewing the Infantry Weapon Training SimulatorDr VK Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri,Director General DRDO and Secretary, DefenceR&D, visited SDD on 24 June 2010. He was briefedon the various simulators that had been designed,developed, and are under development by SDD.SA to RM’s remarks on the Visitors Book at SDDFuselage JunctionThe fuselage junction of the first Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft was completed on 22March 2010 at M/s Embraer in Brazil. This was a major milestone event as the joining of the various fuselageparts also marked the beginning of the physical manufacture of the modified aircraft for the AEW&C Programme.The event was attended by Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Director General, DRDO andSecretary, Defence R&D; Air Marshal NV Tyagi, AVSM, VM, VSM, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff; Dr Prahlada,Distinguished Scientist and CC R&D (Ae & SI); and Dr S Christopher, Outstanding Scientist, PGD (AEW&C) andDirector, Centre for Air Borne Systems, along with members from the Design Team and IAF.Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, Air Marshal Tyagi, Dr Prahlada and Dr Christopher along with members from the Design Team and IAF3 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterFirst Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) Rolls-outThe first Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) (Navy)rolled out from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)Aircraft Research and Development Centre (ARDC)design hangar on 06 July 2010, in Bangaluru.This being a trainer (NP1), it is themost important stage in theprestigious Naval Programmeof AeronauticalDevelopment Agency(ADA). This milestoneevent was witnessedby the Hon’bleRaksha Mantri ShriAK Antony; AdmiralNirmal Verma,PVSM, AVSM ADC,Chief of the NavalStaff; Shri Raj KumarSingh, Secretary (DefenceProduction); and top leaders ofHAL, DRDO, PSUs, privateindustries, and educationinstitutions, which havesupported the Programmeduring its development phase. ‘Roll-out’ is a significantmilestone, when the fully assembled aircraft moves outof the build hangar and is ready to undergo the phaseof systems integration tests leading to ground runs, taxitrials, and flight.LCA (Navy) is the first indigenous effort to build acomplete air element for the Indian Navy. LCA (Navy)differs from its Air Force counterpart in having a newstronger and longer landing gear, arrester hook for shipdecklanding, front fuselage drooped for better overthe-nosevision to facilitate ship landing,an additional control surface to reduce shiplanding speed, and consequential changesin various systems. The aircraft would beflying with the GE-F404-IN20 engine,and is specifically designed for ski jumptake-off and arrested landing, with highlandingloads compared to its Air Forcecounterpart. By initiating this venture andfostering it, the country has shown a greatdeal of confidence in the competence ofour scientists and engineers.The main aim of LCA (Navy) trainer (NP1) and its fightercounterpart (NP2) is to prove itself with its technologiesincorporated as a formidable ship-borne weaponplatform to operate along with the aircraft on thecarrier. This aircraft, with considerabletechnology and punch for yearsto come, is being designedto operate from the futureindigenous aircraftcarriers the Navyplans to acquire.The formalsanction by theGovernment for theNaval Programmewas accorded in2003. The first stageof development includeddesign and fabrication of onetrainer and one fighter, NP1 andRoll-out of first LCA at HAL ARDC design hangar NP2, respectively, along witha Shore-Based Test Facility(SBTF) at Goa, to simulatecarrier take off and arrested landing. A complete airframe called Structural Test Specimen (STS) requiredfor structural testing is also being built and tested aspart of this Programme.LCA (Navy) is the only carrier-borne aircraft in thelight-weight category, and there is no similar aircraftworldwide. It will be operating with a wide variety ofoperational role equipments like the beyond visual range(BVR) missiles, anti-shipping missiles, conventionalbombs, air defence guns, close combat missile (CCM),and drop tanks.A complete view of LCA (Navy)September 20104


Delas v2.0: A Step AheadDefence Science Library, Defence ScientificInformation and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC),Delhi, is the knowledge hub for DRDO scientific andtechnical community. It has a large collection of books,journals, monographs, conference proceedings,reference materials, technical reports, patents, andstandards and specifications. To manage such a largecollection effectively and to provide easy and fastaccess to users, DESIDOC has developed the DefenceLibrary Automation Software (DeLAS v2.0) indigenouslyusing Visual Basic as frontendand MySQL as back-end.It is optimised for both Linuxand Windows platforms, andis capable of handling largedatabases in a multi-userenvironment with minimumresponse time. DeLAS v2.0comprises five modules –Acquisition, Circulation,Cataloguing, Serials Control,and Web OPAC. Besidesfacilitating computerisation oflibrary activities and providingaccess to library resourcesthrough Web OPAC, it alsoprovides useful features toremote users.as well as to the group/lab) are covered. The databaseused in this module is integrated with the centraldatabase and updated simultaneously providing realtimeservice.Cataloguing ModuleThis module is used to maintain the bibliographicdetails of the document procured by the library. AnOnline Public Access Catalogue is prepared in CommonAcquisition ModuleThis module helps ineasy maintenance of theentire acquisition activitiesof the library as it is totally automated. It comprisesutilisation of bibliographic details of documents to beordered, duplicate checking, preparation and placing ofsupply orders, follow-up of non-receipt of documents,preparation of invoices and payment details, andmaintenance of budget.Circulation ModuleThis module is used for all kinds of counter activities.It keeps track of members’ registration, issue, renewal,return, and reservation of documents. The processof membership enrollment, issue, return, renewal ofdocuments, and reminder generation (to individualsAn overview of DeLAS 2.0 with all the modulesCommunication Format (CCF). This module is used forretro-conversion of documents. Existing collection ofany library can be automated and directly merged withthe main databases. It is an important module used forpreparation of various types of reports like weeded outdocuments, permanently transferred documents, issuedetails, etc., in addition to cataloguing.Serials ControlThe most complex activity of the library is serialcontrol, where there is subscription of national andinternational periodicals. This module is used tomaintain the budget, dealing with many suppliers, track5 September 2010


DRDO Newsletteron periodicity, placement of supply orders, maintainingkardex, etc. This module is effective, time-saving, andprovides better service to the users.Web OPACA user can directly access the module from thedesktop and use both the simple and advanced searchfacilities. A user can search the collection by author,title, accession number, call number, subject, etc, andalso check the number of documents issued againstthe individual along with due dates. This module alsoprovides bibliographic information of the documentalong with the issue status. To some extent, the fulltext of the document can also be linked along withbibliographic information.The DeLAS 2.0 software applications not onlyprovide quality services to the Defence ScienceLibrary, DESIDOC, but to other DRDO and Ministry ofDefence libraries as well. Traditional library operationshave become far more easy through this software.The development of DeLAS 2.0 will act as a basis foradopting open source technology towards IntegratedLibrary Automation System.National Technology Day CelebrationsDEAL, DehradunShri KN Rao, Sc ‘G’, DEAL, inaugurated the event.Prof B Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur,and Shri Ajay Malik, Sr Scientist, DEAL, delivered thelectures. An exhibition of DEAL developed productsand technologies was also organised.on the National Technology Day. Shri G Boopathy,Director, DLRL, Associate Directors, Group Directors,all scientists, and nearly 400 other cadre employees ofDLRL listened to the talk.R&DE (Engrs), PuneDr DP Amalnerkar, Executive Director, Centrefor Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET),Pune, was the Chief Guest. An oration on ‘Designand development of an Axial Flux Technology-basedCompact Power Source for Defence Applications’ waspresented by Mrs Poonam Kumari, Sc ‘C’.Visitors taking keen interest in DEAL developed productsDLRL, HyderabadWg Cdr (Retd)Rakesh Sharma,First Astronaut,gave an invitedtalk on ’How andWhy of SpaceFlight and Futureof Planet Earth’Wg Cdr (Retd) Rakesh Sharma delivering the talkShri B Rajagopalan, OS & Dir, R&DE (E) and Dr AmalnerkarSSPL, DelhiDr G Sai Saravanan, Sc ‘F’, delivered an oration on‘Evolution of space-qualified MMICs’ from laboratory tomanufacturing’. Many scientific and technical officersand members of the laboratory participated in theNational Technology Day celebration.September 20106


Manpower Development ActivitiesCourses/Workshops/SymposiaRCI, HyderabadA special Course on ‘Embedded Systems and itsApplications’ was conducted during 14–19 July 2010at Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad. DrSK Chaudhuri, Outstanding Scientist and AssociateDirector, RCI, delivered the Inaugural Address. About30 participants including DRTC and DRDS officersfrom different laboratories/establishments attendedthe course. Shri SK Ray, Distinguished Scientist andDirector, RCI and Programme Director MRSAM; VLNRao, Program Director AD and Associate Director RCI;and Dr AK Singh, Director, CEPTAM, were presentin the valedictory function. Director, RCI gave theprizes to the winners and distributed certificates to theparticipants. Shri M Sankar Kishore, Sc ‘F’, CourseDirector proposed the vote of thanks.Participants of the CEP Courseand Director, RCI and Programme Director, MRSAMinaugurated the course. Dr SK Chaudhuri, OutstandingScientist, Associate Director, RCI, presided over thevaledictory function and conveyed the importance ofnavigation sensors in the guidance of missile systems.The course coordinators were Shri K Rambabu, Sc ‘G’and Dr Jagannath Nayak, Sc ‘F’.PXE, ChandipurParticipant of the ‘Embedded Systems& its Applications’ courseRCI organised a course on ‘Navigational SensorTechnologies and their Applications’ was organised byRCI during 5–9 July 2010. There was active participation of56 scientists from different DRDO labs – ADA, ADE,ADRDE, ARDE, ASL, CABS, CVRDE, DRDL, DLRL,IRDE, ITR, LRDE, NSTL, PXE, RCI, RCMA (MSL), andVRDE and WESSE. Shri SK Ray, Distinguished ScientistProof and Experimental Establishment (PXE)organised a Users’ Conference during 20–21 May2010. Shri S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist andCC R&D (ACE) inaugurated the event. Delegatesfrom Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA),Ordnance FactoryBoard (OFB),and DefencePSUs along withrepresentativesof various DRDOlaboratories interactedin theconference.Shri Sundaresh, DS and CC R&D (ACE) taking keeninterest in dynamic firing7 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterEventsRaising Day CelebrationsDESIDOC, DelhiDefence Scientific Information and DocumentationCentre (DESIDOC) celebrated its 40 th Raising DayShri RK Jain, Director, RAC, distributing the awardsHindi Patrika, ‘Chayanika’. The celebrations concludedwith the Director, RAC distributing the awards andcertificates.RAC, DelhiRaising Day Celebrations at DESIDOCon 29 July 2010. Dr AL Moorthy, Director, DESIDOC,inaugurated the event. He highlighted the achievementsof 2009, and appreciated the efforts made by DESIDOCofficers and staff to improve the services to otherestablishments. He discussed the services of DefenceScience Library, Networking Services Division,Publications Division, Multimedia Division, Polygraphy,Human Resources, and other divisions. Shri AshokKumar, Chairman, Welfare Committee and Addl.Director, highlighted the importance of ‘Team Work’through an impressive presentation and proposedthe vote of thanks. This was followed by distributionof mementos and awards – 25 Years Service Award,Winners of Zonal Carom Tournament, Lab-levelAwards, Lab Awards for DRTC Personnel, Admin &Allied categories, and DRDO Cash Awards.Recruitment and Assessment Centre(RAC) celebrated its 26 th Raising Day on23 July 2010. Shri Rishab Kumar Jain, Director, RAC,inaugurated the event and addressed the RAC family.He shared RAC achievements of 2009 and the goalsfor 2010, and appreciated the efforts and contributionsof the entire RAC family. A series of programmes werehosted by the entire RAC family with full enthusiasm,which included various cultural events also. Thesummary of RAC was released by Director RAC inthe form of a Compendium’2010 along with AnnualMerit Evening 2010NPOL, KochiNaval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory(NPOL), Kochi, organised ‘Merit Evening 2010’ onWorld Environment DayNPOL, KochiMerit evening 2010 at NPOL22 June 2010 to honour the academic excellence ofBhavan’s Varuna Vidyalaya, sponsored by the laboratory.Dr Ramachandran Thekkedath, Vice Chancellor,Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT),Kochi, presented merit certificates to the top scorers ofStandard X and XII CBSE students and IIT-JEE rankholders. Shri S Anantha Narayanan, OS and Director,NPOL and Shri E Raman Kutty, Director, BhartiyaVidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra, offered felicitations onthe occasion.Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory(NPOL) celebrated the World Environment Day onSeptember 20108


AwardYoung Librarian AwardThe Society for the Advancement of Library andInformation Science presented the Young LibrarianAward to Shri KP Singh, Sc ‘D’, DESIDOC, Delhi(currently on deputation to AIIMS Library, New Delhi),Shri Anantha Narayanan, OS & Director, NPOL,planting a sapling on World Environment Day5 June 2010 with great enthusiasm by planting 200saplings in the campus including rare medicinal andaromatic plants.PatentA patent on ‘A process for preparation ofaluminium–zinc–magnesium–copper–zirconium–silveralloy having improved weldability’ (Patent No. 240013)has been granted by the Indian Patent Office, NewDelhi. The inventors are Dr AK Mukhopadhyay andDr G Madhusudan Reddy from Defence MetallurgicalResearch Laboratory, Hyderabad.Shri KP Singh, receiving the young librarian awardsfor his valuable contributions to the profession ofLibrary and Information Science at the InternationalSymposium on the Emerging Trends and Technologiesfor Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS-2010)on 3 June 2010.STIR BookThe 10 th Apex BoardMeeting for Airborne EarlyWarning and Control(AEW&C) Programmewas held at the Centrefor Air Borne Systems(CABS), Bangaluru, on29 June 2010, underthe Chairmanship ofDr VK Saraswat, SA toBook ReleaseDr VK Saraswat, SA to RM releasing the ‘STIR Book’ along withAir Marshal NV Tyagi and Dr S ChristopherRM, Director General,DRDO and Secretary,Defence R&D. The ‘STIRBook’ was released onthis day. It consists ofdetails of the SystemTest and Integration Rig(STIR) facility for theAEW&C Programme.9 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterDRDO Newsletter conveys best wishes and congratulates all the promotees.PromotionsPromotion to Distinguished ScientistSome DRDO scientists have been promoted to Distinguished Scientists wef July 2010. Biodata of thesepromotees highlighting their commendable contributions in DRDO are published in this issue.ADE, BangaluruShri PS Krishnan took over as Director, AeronauticalDevelopment Establishment (ADE), on 19 May 2007.He has been promoted tothe grade of DistinguishedScientist wef 23 July 2010.He obtained graduateand postgraduate degreesin Mechanical Engineeringfrom the Indian Institute ofTechnology, Chennai. He hasspecialised in the field of flightmechanics and flight controls.Prior to this appointment, he served in various positionsincluding as Project Director for the development ofDigital Fly-by-Wire Flight Control System for the LightCombat Aircraft (LCA) (Tejas) Programme.He has over 31 years of experience in the developmentof flight control systems for Unmanned Air Vehicles(UAVs) and LCA (Tejas) at ADE. During his 38 yearsof service in DRDO, he has made several contributionsin the development of flight control, guidance, andnavigation systems for UAVs and Tejas aircraft. Heis a recipient of several national awards includingDRDO Award for Path Breaking Research/OutstandingTechnology Development in 2002 for the developmentof fly-by-wire flight control system for LCA.ASL, HyderabadDr VG Sekaran, Associate Programme Director,Advanced Systems Laboratory, has been elevated tothe rank of Distinguished Scientist. He obtained BE inMechanical Engineering in 1974 from Madurai Universityand ME in Aeronautical Engineering in 1976. In 1977,he was awarded prestigious 'Visiting Studentship' topursue Doctoral Research at the Queens University,Belfast, and obtained his PhD on 'Vortex-induced forcesand moments', in 1981. Hecontinued research at theDepartment of Aeronautics andAstronautics, SouthamptonUniversity, as a Post DoctoralResearch Fellow on a SERCsponsored research till 1984.During 1977–78, he had abrief stint at the SHORT BROSas consultant for SD–330.From 1978 to 1980, he taughtAerothermodynamics of High Speed Propulsion Systemto undergraduates at Queens University, Belfast.He joined Defence Research and DevelopmentLaboratory (DRDL) in 1984, where he was a part of the'Agni' team involved in the design of re-entry vehicles(RVs), in particular, the aerothermodynamic effects inthe design of TPS. He successfully engineered andrealised the first all composite RV for ballistic missilecategory, which was successfully flight-tested in 1989.As Project Director Agni-lll, he was instrumentalin developing some of the key technologies, suchas propulsion systems, leading to the establishmentof new generation of long-range missile systemcapability. Under his leadership, Agni-lll missile systemdevelopment flight tests were successfully completedand the production of the system is progressing. As apart of Agni-lll technology establishment, he was inchargeof executing the state-of-the-art solid rocketmotor propellant processing facility, which is fullyoperational.He received DRDO Scientist of the Year Award 2003and DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research Award/Outstanding Technology Development in 2008. He isVice President of Indian National Society for Aerospaceand Related Mechanisms (INSARM) and member ofmany professional societies.September 201010


CAIR, BangaluruShri VS Mahalingam joined DRDO in 1974, afterobtaining his BE in Electronics and CommunicationEngineering from the Collegeof Engineering, Guindy,Chennai. He obtained hisMTech in ElectricalEngineering from IIT, Kanpur.After joining DRDO, heunderwent advanced trainingin Software Engineering atIndus Tech, Pittsburgh, USA.Shri Mahalingam hasmade pioneering contributions in the development ofC 3 I System for the Indian Army. He is specialised incommand, control, and communication systems. He wasa key member of the project team for Artillery CombatCommand and Control System (ACCCS) under ProjectShakti, which automates the field artillery functionsof the Indian Army. Shri Mahalingam has been theProject Coordinator (1999–2006) for the developmentof Command Information Decision Support System(ClDSS) under Project Samvahak.He has nurtured a wide range of academiccollaborations and partnerships with other organisationsin domains such as emergency response and disastermanagement, cyber security, information assurance, androbotics. Network-centric operations (NCO) is the newcritical paradigm in tomorrow’s digital battlefield and hisdynamic leadership has positioned a significant effort inCentre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) inthis direction. His focused passion towards quality hasmoved CAIR to an ISO Certified Organisation.He has published several papers in variousinternational and national forums. He received theDRDO Scientist of the Year Award in 2002. He is one ofthe members of team which received the Agni Award forExcellence in Self Reliance in 2003. He and his teamreceived the DRDO Award for Performance Excellencein 2010 for Project Command Information DecisionSupport System. He was elevated to the post of Director,CAIR in November 2006, Outstanding Scientist in July2009, and Distinguished Scientist in July 2010.CEMILAC, BangaluruDr K Tamilmani, Distinguished Scientist, is theChief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthinessand Certification (CEMILAC),Department of Defence R&D,Ministry of Defence. Heobtained BE in AeronauticalEngineering from MIT,Chennai; postgraduation fromBITS, Ranchi; MA (DefenceStudies) from MadrasUniversity; MBA (HRD)from IGNOU, and has beenconferred with the DoctoralDegree in ‘Defence andStrategic Studies’ by the University of Madras in 2010for his PhD thesis ‘Military technology dynamics and itsimplications on national security.’He has served at the Aeronautical DevelopmentEstablishment (ADE) and CEMILAC, before joiningCentre for Air Borne Systems (CABS) in 1988. He wasDirector, CABS, before taking up the as Chief Executive(Airworthiness), CEMILAC, on 01 Jan 2007. He is oneof the two flight test instrumentation engineers of DRDOtrained at EPNER, France.As Chief Executive (Airworthiness) of CEMILAC,he is guiding the Airworthiness Certification of alldevelopment programmes of national importance, viz.,LCA (Tejas), Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), andIntermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). He is a strong believer inindigenisation and has encouraged the indigenisationof many airborne systems/stores.He is a fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India.He has received the DRDO Outstanding Contributionawards in 1992 and 1995, and Prof VM Ghatge Awardby Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) in 1995 for hissignificant contributions to the indigenous Air BorneEarly Warning programme. He has been awarded theNational Aeronautical Prize for the Year 2007 by AeSIand he also received the MIT Alumni Award 2007.Recently, he was conferred with DRDO’s ‘Agni Awardfor Excellence in Self-Reliance-2008’ by the HonourableDefence Minister, Shri AK Anthony. Dr Tamilmani hasrecently been nominated by the Governor of Karnatakaas a Senate Member of the prestigious VisvesvarayaTechnological University, Belgaum.11 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterDMRL, HyderabadDr Malakondaiah obtained his PhD in MetallurgicalEngineering from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU)in 1980. He served on theMetallurgy faculty of BHUduring 1980–82 as a lecturerprior to his joining DefenceMetallurgical ResearchLaboratory (DMRL) inOctober 1982. He carriedout postdoctoral research onadvanced titanium aluminidesfrom 1992 to 1994 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio,USA, as NRC Senior ResearchFellow. At DMRL, he rose to the position of Sc ‘G’ in July2001, and assumed responsibilities as its Director on01 June 2007. He has subsequently been elevated tothe position of Sc ‘H’ in July 2009, and DistinguishedScientist in July 2010.Dr Malakondaiah’s research work has been broadlyin the area of advanced mechanical metallurgy, withspecial emphasis on structure-mechanical propertycorrelations in metals and alloys, and developmentof specialty steels. His comprehensive researchprogramme at DMRL has led to the development of anew ultra-high strength, high toughness, low-alloy steel,designated as DMR-1700, with strength-toughnesscombination quite comparable to 250-grade maragingsteel. Under his leadership, technology for indigenousproduction of AB-class naval steels has successfullybeen established. In recognition of these outstandingcontributions, he was awarded the DRDO Scientist ofthe Year Award (2000) and Agni Award for Excellencein Self-Reliance (2005). He has also received NationalMetallurgists’ Day Award (1992), SAIL Gold Medal(1997), and MRSI Gold Medal (1998).Dr Malakondaiah has more than 100 technicalpapers to his credit. Under his guidance, five doctoraldegrees have been awarded. He is a Fellow of AndhraPradesh Akademi of Sciences and Indian NationalAcademy of Engineering.IRDE, DehradunShri SS Sundaram, born in 1951, graduated inPhysics from Madras University and MSc (Tech)Applied Physics from AndhraUniversity. He was a CSIRResearch Fellow working inupper Ionospheric studiesfor a year and publishedmany research papers. Hehas an MTech in AdvancedElectronics from JawaharlalNehru TechnologicalUniversity. He joined DefenceElectronics ApplicationsLaboratory (DEAL), Dehradunas SSA in 1976. Later, he was selected in IndianEngineering Services, and was in-charge of installationand commissioning of All India Radio and Doordarshanstudios and transmitters in Imphal, Silchar, Patna, etc.During 1981, he re-joined DRDO at Defence ElectronicsResearch Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad. He workedas designer of communication EW systems code namedTISII, Golf Mk II, CATCH, Strawberry, Cherry, Garnet,SUJAV, SUJIT, etc. Later, he was the ProgrammeLeader of Samyukta comprising communication andradar electronic warfare systems for the Army. He wasalso the Wing Head, Com ECM, and has given full thrustto technology development activities.Shri Sundaram was appointed Director, InstrumentsResearch and Development Establishment (IRDE),Dehradun, wef 1 April 2007. As Director, IRDE, heemphasised on enhancing the night-fighting capabilityof Indian soldiers, including the form-fit upgradationof the in-service equipment by incorporating newertechnologies and development of new generation ofelectro-optical fire control and surveillance systems.In a short period of three years as Director IRDE, fivemajor systems of IRDE have been accepted by usersfor introduction into Services and many others are onthe anvil of realisation and user evaluation.He received the DRDO Award for PerformanceExcellence 2005 from the Prime Minister of India asteam leader of Samyukta. He is a fellow of the Institutionof Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers andOptical and Instrument Society of India.September 201012


NSTL, VisakhapatnamDr V Bhujanga Rao obtained MSc in Physics(Acoustics) in 1972, and MS in Mechanical Engineeringin 1986. He has PhD in bothMechanical Engineering andin Technology Management.He is an elected Fellow of theIndian National Academy ofEngineering.Dr Rao joined DRDO in1973 at the Defence Researchand Development Laboratory(DRDL), Hyderabad, andmoved to Naval Science andTechnological Laboratory (NSTL) in 1975. He wasappointed Director of NSTL in April 2006.His notable achievements include design anddevelopment of underwater and ocean-going systemssuch as warships, submarines, high-speed craft,unmanned submersibles, torpedoes, mines, launchers,and decoys, design of earthquake and mechanicalshock resistant buildings such as acoustic anechoicroom, reverberation room, shock barge, vibrationisolation buildings, explosion-resistant structures,shock-hardened ship hulls, explosion safety systems,composite structures. He has also been instrumental insetting up measurement facilities such as InstrumentedRadar Complex for Radar Cross-Section, WeaponTesting Facilities, Magnetic and Acoustic SignatureMeasurement Complex, Hydrodynamic Facilitiessuch as high-speed towing carriage, cavitation tunnel,seakeeping and manoeuvring basin (being set up),etc.Dr Rao has published nearly 100 papers in bothnational/international journals/conferences. He hasa patent titled: ‘Infrared suppression device for dieselengine exhaust’. Dr Rao is the recipient of Agni Awardfor Excellence in Self Reliance (2005), Scientist ofthe Year Award (1993), National Design Award fromInstitution of Engineers India, Stanley H Ehrlich GoldMedal from India Regional Centre of Acoustical Societyof America for contribution to Engineering Bioacoustics,DRDO Silicon Trophy for Outstanding Contributiontowards Development of Defence Systems (2008),DRDO Technology Award (1992), and Ms NarayananOration Award, Acoustical Society of India, 2005.Promotion from Sc ‘G’ to Sc ‘H’Some DRDO scientists have been promoted to Sc ‘H’ and Sc ‘G’ wef July 2010. The list of promotees and theirrespective labs is given below. The detailed profiles of scientists promoted to Sc ‘H’ and their contributions will becovered in the subsequent issues.1 Shri Sivasankaran G ADE2 Shri Datar AM ARDE3 Shri Jayaraman K ASL4 Dr Athithan G CAIR5 Dr Revankar UK DARE6 Shri Agarwal RC DEAL7 Dr Padaki VC DEBEL8 Shri Boopathy G DLRL9 Shri Yadagirirao TN DLRL10 Dr Gokhale Amol Anant DMRL11 Dr Kaushik MP DRDE12 Shri Prabhakar N DRDL13 Dr Panyam Ramprasad R DRDL14 Dr Arun Kumar HQ DOP15 Dr Tripathi RP INMAS16 Dr Gupta AK IRDE17 Shri Maini Anil Kumar LASTEC18 Shri Ravind Sistla LRDE19 Shri Kuloor R LRDE20 Shri Rangarajan SV NSTL21 Dr Muralidharan R SSPL22 Dr Satish Kumar TBRL13 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterPromotion from Sc ‘F’ to Sc ‘G’1 Shri Srinivas NG ADE2 Shri Rama Manohar KG ADE3 Shri Sabnis AV ADE4 Shri Gupta Sudhir ADRDE5 Dr Murthy Linga A ANURAG6 Shri Gade SV ARDE7 Shri Murthy KPS ARDE8 Shri Murthy BVSR ASL9 Shri Lakshminarayana D ASL10 Shri Dhanasekaran J ASL11 Shri Ramaguru G ASL12 Shri Rao V Venkateswara ASL13 Ms Thomas Tessy ASL14 Dr Rama Murthy N CAIR15 Shri Gouda G CEMILAC16 Shri Kannan G CVRDE17 Shri Madivaanan S CVRDE18 Shri Ravindran KK CVRDE19 Shri Deshmukh VRKR DEAL20 Shri Gohri Vinod DEAL21 Shri Virpal Singh DEAL22 Shri Dutta DK DEAL23 Shri Gupta Sat Om DEAL24 Dr Radhakrishna K DFRL25 Dr Zakwan Ahmed DIBER26 D/Ms Singh Shashi Bala DIHAR27 Dr Rampal Rajesh DLJ28 Ms Bhatia Anjali DLJ29 Shri Gaikwad CN DLRL30 Shri Rao PR DLRL31 Shri Ashwani Kumar DLRL32 Dr Rama Krishna Rao B DLRL33 Shri Das Mrinal Kanti DLRL34 Shri Rao NS DLRL35 DIMs Gokhale Hina A DMRL36 Dr Pandian S DMRL37 Dr Prasad VVS DMRL38 Dr Vijaya Singh DMRL39 Dr Reddy GM DMRL40 Shri Bal Krishna DMSRDE41 Dr Flora SJS DRDE42 Dr Rao PVL DRDE43 Dr Sen Atul DRDL44 Dr Kachroo AK DRDL45 Dr Sarkar AK DRDL46 Shri Prasad YVR DRDL47 Shri Rao GN DRDL48 Dr Ramesh Kumar K DRDL49 Ms Prameela V DRDL50 Shri Venugopal S DRDL51 Shri Verma AK DRDL52 Shri Sagar JVR DRDL53 Shri Varaprasad KS DRDL54 Shri Murthy Ramesh GTRE55 Shri Krishnan NB GTRE56 Shri Sreelal Sreedhar GTRE57 Dr Sekhar UC GTRE58 Shri Roy Debabrata GTRE59 Shri Kankane DK HEMRL60 Shri Gopal Bhushan HQ DIC61 Shri Ravi S HQ DIITM62 Dr Tripathi AK HQ DOM63 Shri Pande VP HQ DOP64 Dr Shrikant HQ JCB65 Dr Sharma Rakesh Kumar INMAS66 Shri Musla AK IRDE67 Shri Bajpai JK IRDE68 Shri Anil Kumar IRDE69 Shri Ram Manohar Singh ISSA70 Shri Goyal Rajesh ISSA71 Shri Maulik C Ranjan ITR72 Shri Thyagaraj Anant ITR73 Dr Tyagi RK LASTEC74 Shri Jain RK LASTEC75 Shri Bhat KP LRDEMahalingeshwara76 Dr Singh Anil Kumar LRDE77 Dr Bhat K Seetharama MTRDC78 Dr Kamath Sudhir MTRDC79 Dr Patri Manoranjan NMRL80 Dr Rao CVK Prasada NPOL81 Shri Aravindakshan M NPOL82 Shri Manoharan V NPOL83 Shri Shenoy SK NPOL84 Shri Murthy AV V S NSTL85 Shri Patro TKC NSTLSeptember 201014


86 Shri Sati SC R&DE(E)87 Shri Sinha Sangam R&DE(E)88 Shri Vasudevan NG RCI89 Shri Mandal Nimaichandra RCI90 Shri Tapas Anand Madhukar RCI91 Ms Sujata KV RCI92 Shri Rao Guntuku Krishna RCI93 Shri Chattopadhyay B RCI94 Shri Chattopadhyay AK RCI95 Shri Ravikumar MVYS RCI96 Shri Reddy M Ugender RCI97 Ms Bhattacharyya A RCI98 Shri Singh Upender Kumar RCI99 Shri Karunanidhi S RCI100 Dr Eswara Prasad N RCMA(MAT)HBAD101 Shri Bhateja AK SAG102 Dr Chaudhury PK SSPL103 Dr Bhattacharaya OK SSPL104 Dr Garg AK SSPL105 Dr Bhan RK SSPL106 Shri Raychaudhuri TK TBRL107 Dr Saroha DR TBRL108 Shri Trikande MW VRDEVisits to DRDO Labs/EsttsCAIR, BangaluruDr R Sreehari Rao, OS and CC R&D (ECS), on 04 June2010.Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, DG R&D, Secretary,Defence R&D, on 29 June 2010.Dr R Sreehari Rao discussing on the NCO Programmewith the Director and senior scientists of CAIRSA to RM interecting with the Director andsenior scientists of CAIRDMSRDE, KanpurDr K Sekhar, OS and CC R&D (MS & LIC), on 09 July2010.Dr PS Goel, Chairman, RAC on 12 July 2010.Dr K Sekhar discussing with Dr KUB Rao, Director, DMSRDE,on various activities of DMSRDEDr PS Goel and Shri Jain along with Director, DMSRDE,on their way to see different characterisation facilities15 September 2010


DRDO NewsletterContd.ISSN:0971-4391HEMRL, PuneMaj Gen Sanjeev Chopra, SM, Addl Director GeneralMech Forces; Brig Sanjeev Mehra, Dy DirectorGeneral Mech Forces; and Col Rohit Gupta, Director,Modernisation (Mech Inf), on 03 June 2010.Vice Admiral Yashwant Prasad, PVSM, AVSM, VSM(Retd.), Head, Special Projects Wing, NSCS, on11 June 2010.Dr A Subhananda Rao, Director, HEMRL, presentingmemento to Maj Gen Sanjeev ChopraVAdm Yashwant Prasad showing keen interest in thePropellant Processing Facility at HEMRLNPOL, KochiVice Admiral DSP Varma, (Retd) PVSM, AVSM,VSM, Director General (ATV) and Rear Admiral RKhanna, PD (WL&IT), on 25 June 2010.Dr Ramachandran Thekkedath, Vice Chanceller, CochinUniversity of Science and Technology, on 22 June2010.VAdm DSP Varma, and RAdm R Khanna showingkeen interest in the project activities of NPOLDr Ramachandran Thekkedath showing keen interestin the project activities of NPOLThe editors thank all the DRDO Newsletter correspondents for their contributions.September 201016

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