President confers "Padma Bhushan" on BrahMos chief (April 22, 2013)                                                                           Print This News

NEW DELHI (BNS): Dr. A S Pillai, Distinguished Scientist, CEO and MD, BrahMos Aerospace, was on Saturday conferred the 'Padma Bhushan' by President Pranab Mukherjee for his contribution to the country's cruise missile programme.

The list of honours was announced on the eve of the 64th Republic day celebrations in January this year.

Under the leadership of Dr. Pillai, the Indian- Russian Joint Venture BrahMos Aerospace has achieved tremendous success since its inception in 1998.

The BRAHMOS supersonic missile has been inducted into the Indian Army and Navy. Recently the submarine-launched version of the missile was successfully test-fired.

Prior to taking over the BrahMos JV, the distinguished scientist was associated with the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). He was the Programme Director of the ballistic missiles--Agni, Prithvi, Nag and Akash.

He has also worked under eminent scientists such as Vikram Sarabhai and Satish Dhawan in Indian Space Research Organistaion (ISRO) and was associated with the evolution of the PSLV programme.

Dr. Pillai is a recipient of many awards and honours. In 2002, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to aerospace and missile technologies. The Moscow University honoured him with the Order of the Peter the Great and the Academician of the University.

  • "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