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Dr. A.S. Pillai conferred "Order of Friendship" award by President of Russia

BrahMos Aerospace (December 16, 2013)                                                                           Print This News

MOSCOW: Dr. A.S. Pillai, Distinguished Scientist and CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace was conferred the "Order of Friendship" by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, for his great contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation with Russia and the development of scientific ties.

Murli Manohar Joshi, Member of Parliament, India was also conferred the "Order of Friendship" and Lokesh Chandra, Director of the International Academy of Indian Culture was awarded the "Pushkin Medal".

Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, born in 1947, is the founder-CEO and Managing Director of the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, a joint venture of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and Russian Military Industrial Corporation "NPO engineering".

For many years, Dr. Pillai has worked closely with Russian organisations in various areas of military-technical cooperation. As one of India's leading experts in the field of rocket science, Dr. Pillai has played a key role in the realisation of the unique idea of the joint venture "BrahMos Aerospace," which is a world leader in the production of cruise missiles.

Also, largely due to the purposeful work of Dr. Pillai, brand "BrahMos" has become a symbol of the current stage of special and privileged Indian-Russian strategic partnership, and a synonym of higher achievements, innovation and success in the world rocket and aerospace industry as a whole.

Dr. Pillai is an honorary doctor of several universities, including State Marine Technical University, St. Petersburg. For his outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology, Dr. Pillai was awarded the Order of Peter the Great by the Moscow Academy of National Security, Defense and Law, which also conferred on him the title of Academician.

  • "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