S Christopher is new Director General of DRDO; GS Reddy appointed scientific advisor to Defence Minister

By ET Bureau | 28 May, 2015, 09.30PM IST After a gap of several months, DRDO has finally got a new leadership with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar pushing through a new concept to divide the top post into two parts. The government on Thursday appointed S Christopher who heads the centre for airborne systems as the new Director General of DRDO with the rank of a secretary. Splitting the top post, the government also appointed the younger GS Reddy - a missile scientist - as the scientific advisor to the defence minister. Reddy will directly report to Parrikar and will be the pointsman for the minister for defence research projects. Both top officials have got a term for 2 years, though Reddy is expected to continue after that and would be a contender for top job of DG DRDO. The new appointments come after DRDO chief Avinash Chander was removed from his post in January with Parrikar saying that the government wants to have a new, younger leadership for the … [Read more...]

Agni 5 Launch ‘Best Farewell Gift’, Outgoing DRDO Chief Avinash Chander Tells NDTV

WHEELER ISLAND: Speaking from Wheeler Island to NDTV after the successful launch of Agni 5, the outgoing Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Avinash Chander assured the country that the missile was now in a "deliverable configuration". On his last day in office, he said he was feeling "elated and happy on this accomplishment". "I am going, leaving behind a dynamic young team that can lead India to greater heights. India will now be autonomous in missile capability," said Dr Chander. On a poignant note he said, "This was a great event and I could not have asked for a better farewell gift from my team which has worked hard to make India a missile superpower." Explaining the technicalities of the launch, Dr Chander, who is also the scientific advisor to the Defence Ministry said, "The missile lifted off 20 metres above the ground from the canister then took a sharp turn towards the target and all the events went off like clockwork. Two … [Read more...]

DRDO chief sacked within 2 months of new contract

Indiatoday.in PTI New Delhi, January 13, 2015 | UPDATED 21:48 IST     The government on Tuesday removed Chief of top defence research organisation Avinash Chander, 15 months before his contract was to end. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi "approved the termination" of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from January 31, an official notification said. Interestingly, Chander who was Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, had retired on November 30 last on attaining 64 years of age and he was given a contract for 18 months till May 31 next year. The removal of Chander after being given a contract raises questions over the Government action. Analysts believe that the action could have been taken against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment that the 'laid back' attitude in the DRDO will not be tolerated during a visit last … [Read more...]

DRDO Chief and Architect of Agni Missiles Avinash Chander Sacked

NDTV-All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: January 13, 2015 21:50 IST NEW DELHI: The government today removed the chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation Avinash Chander, 15 months before his contract was to end. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi "approved the termination" of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from January 31, an official notification said. Interestingly, Mr Chander who was Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, had retired on November 30 last year after he turned 64. He was given a contract for 18 months till May 31 next year. Efforts to contact Mr Chander did not fructify as he did not answer the calls made on his phone. Mr Chander joined the DRDO in 1972 after completing his graduation in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is considered to be the chief … [Read more...]