State-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy is the joint winner of the 2019 Missile Systems Award given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the US, said the Virginia-based aerospace technical society on Sunday.
“G. Satheesh Reddy was selected for his over three decades of national contributions to indigenous design, development and deployment of diversified strategic and tactical missile systems, guided weapons, advanced avionics and navigation technologies in India,” said the society in a statement.
G. Satheesh Reddy, 55, is also the Defence Secretary and Director-General of DRDO’s aerospace arm Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) here.
G. Satheesh Reddy also contributed to the Agni-5, the 5,000km range surface-to-surface, long-range strategic missile.
The other winner of the missile award, Rondell J. Wilson is the retired principal engineering fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.
“Wilson was selected for his technical leadership and innovation that has advanced the performance and capability of the world’s premier missile defense systems,” said the statement.
Though the award will be presented at the society’s Defence Forum on May 7-9 at the Kossiakoff Centre at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, G. Satheesh Reddy will receive his award in India.
“The award also recognises excellence in developing on implementing missile system technology or for inspired leadership of missile systems,” said the statement.
The society presents the award biennially to those who demonstrated expertise in fundamental technical disciplines that has led to substantial improvement in missile systems.
The society also awards those who led a major programme milestone by a state-run agency or an industry team.
With about 30,000 individual members from 85 countries and 95 corporate members, the society brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defence.
As Director-General of the Missiles and Strategic Systems, Reddy spearheaded Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex and other labs in Hyderabad.
As the chief architect of advanced missile technologies, G. Satheesh Reddy also contributed for design, development and deployment of diversified missiles and strategic systems, guided weapons and avionics.
“Under restrictive international control regimes, Reddy evolved strategies for indigenous design and development of advanced avionics and paved the way for inducing a range of missiles and smart guided weapons,” DRDO said in a statement here.
G. Satheesh Reddy joined in 1986 the state-run Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) in Hyderabad and later joined the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), the brainchild of former President Kalam.
After graduating in engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University (JNTU) at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, Reddy did M.S. and PhD, from JNTU in Hyderabad.
G. Satheesh Reddy is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation in London, the first from India. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a foreign member of the Academy of Navigation and Motion Control, Russia, a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and an honorary fellow of the Computer Society of India and Sensors Research Society.
G. Satheesh Reddy received the Homi J. Bhabha Memorial Award of the Indian Science Congress Association for 2013–14. In 2015 he was the first Indian recipient of the Silver Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has also been conferred with the Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award of the Institution of Engineers (India) and now he is being awarded the 2019 Missile Systems Award.
G. Satheesh Reddy is highly regarded as the Chief Architect of advanced Missile technologies and Smart Guided Weapons in India. The citation read that Satheesh was selected for his over three decades of significant national contributions toward indigenous design, development, and deployment of diversified strategic and tactical missile systems, guided weapons, advanced avionics, and navigation technologies in India. He is the first Indian to be conferred with this Award.