GS Reddy, a top missile scientist at the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist has been appointed as the new DRDO Chief for a period of two years. Prior to Reddy’s appointment, the post was vacant for three months. According to a tweet by ANI, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the name of Dr G Satheesh Reddy to the post of the Secy, Dept of Defence Research & Development (DDR&D) and Chairman of the DRDO.
Reddy has been known for leading the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) programme. In July, Reddy was appointed as the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The new DRDO Chief had joined the research organisation in 1985 and led the conceptualization, design, development and production of Inertial Sensors, Navigation schemes, Algorithms & Systems among others.
Reddy is an Indian Aerospace Scientist and presently heads the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, The Missile Hub of India in Hyderabad. Earlier, Satheesh served as Director of the Research Centre Imarat a key laboratory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, Defence Research and Development Organisation and an advanced centre for design, development and delivery of avionics systems for missiles and other applications. Reddy pioneered many technological developments for Indian Missiles and has made significant contributions towards successful flight testing of the country’s maiden intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V mission.