Shri Atul Dinkar Rane
Shri Atul Dinkar Rane, Outstanding Scientist is the Director General, BrahMos, DRDO and CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace.
Shri Atul Rane is renowned for his decades of sustained R&D contributions in the indigenous design & development of mission critical Onboard computers (OBC), hardware in loop simulation studies, Systems analysis, development of mission software and avionics technologies for defence applications. His pioneering contributions and techno-managerial leadership has been transformative for successful development and induction of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile into Armed Forces.
He graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Chennai and received his post graduate degree in Guided Missiles from University of Poona. He joined DRDO in the year 1987 and started his initial career at Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) as System Manager and carried out simulation studies and established modular real-time simulation test mechanisms for the indigenously developed Surface to Air Akash Missile System. Later as part of Onboard Computers Division, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), he led the development of Onboard Mission Software for Agni-I missile and also established a unique integrated test bed facility for seamless test and evaluation of Onboard Systems for various missile projects.
He was one of the core team member of BrahMos Aerospace right from its foundation as a Joint Venture with Russia. His significant contributions as Programme Manager, Avionics & System Integration for Programme PJ-10, steered the feasibility studies, conceptual design, planning, development, testing, integration and certification of DRDO Onboard systems culminating in successful demonstration, induction and subsequent productionisation of BrahMos, world's fastest supersonic cruise missile system strengthening the arsenal of our armed forces with a formidable weapon system.
As Counsellor (Defence Technology), Embassy of India, Moscow he progressed Indo-Russian technical collaborations and later as Director, International Cooperation strengthened Defence R&D collaborations, joint developments and represented the country during many inter-governmental cooperation. His immense expertise in defence technology management and international S&T outreach efforts left a lasting imprint on bridging the technology gaps, identifying futuristic areas for joint research and gave thrust to export of DRDO developed products.
As Director, Systems Analysis and Modelling Centre he played a key role in System Analysis and carried out extensive feasibility studies for development of advanced weapon systems. Presently as Director of a DRDO facility at Delhi, he is leading numerous activities of national significance for defence of the nation. His R&D contributions, expertise in international R&D project management and versatile techno-managerial leadership capabilities had a major impact on the indigenisation of critical Missile technologies and have boosted defence manufacturing in the country.
For his distinguished contributions, he has been conferred with the prestigious DRDO Path Breaking Research/Outstanding Technology Development Award and DRDO Performance Excellence Award. He is an active member of many professional societies including Aeronautical Society of India, Systems Society of India, Society of Aerospace Quality and Reliability & Computer Society of India. He has several national/international publications and technical reports to his credit.