CEO of BrahMos Aerospace conferred 'Padma Bhushan' (January 26, 2013)                                                                           Print This News

NEW DELHI: Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, BrahMos Aerospace, was conferred the "Padma Bhushan" for distinguished service of high order. 

On the occasion of India's 64th Republic Day celebrations, the Indian Government on Saturday announced the Padma awards, the country's highest civilian awards, conferred in three categories - Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

Congratulating the employees of BrahMos, Dr. Pillai said, "I am aware of the fact that this honour belongs to all members of BrahMos team whose selfless and dedicated work has been respected for the extraordinary achievement, which we could demonstrate to the Nation. BRAHMOS is the pride of India and is a well accepted Weapon System by all the three wings of the Indian Armed Force."

"I am truly proud of you, my dear colleagues," he said.

Under the leadership of Dr. Pillai, the Indian Russian Joint Venture Company BrahMos Aerospace, formed by the amalgamation of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's Mashinostroyenia Company, has taken phenomenal steps since it was first established in 1998.

Today, the success of BRAHMOS JV between India and Russia has set the brightest example for the defence industry to build strong partnerships and work jointly towards realising the larger goal of producing sophisticated and highly advanced military systems.

The supersonic cruise missile BRAHMOS with a range of 290 km has been inducted by the Indian Army and Navy. The Indian Army is the only armed force in the world to have land-attack supersonic cruise missile capability.

DRDO Chief Vijay Kumar Saraswat, who is also the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, was also conferred the Padma Bhushan and DRDO Chief Controller R&D (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Avinash Chander, was honoured with the Padma Shri on the occassion.

  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander