Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) London, the oldest aeronautical society in the world will be conferring the Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the year 2019 to Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Dept of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO. The Society’s highest award is bestowed in recognition of Dr Reddy’s pioneering technological contributions over the past three decades which has enabled the country to realize frontline military systems & world class missile technologies. Dr Reddy will receive the Honorary Fellowship during the Medals and Awards presentation ceremony which is scheduled to be held on 25 Nov 2019 at London, UK.
Honorary Fellowship from RAeS is one of the world’s highest distinctions for aerospace achievement awarded for only the most exceptional contributions to the aerospace profession. It is considered as equivalent to the Nobel Prize in the aerospace domain. This honor is conferred on those whose careers, leadership, inspiration and impact mark them out as among the most eminent, widely recognised and influential aerospace professionals of their generation.Dr Reddy will be first Indian recipient of this prestigious award in over 100 years.
Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, presently Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Chairman DRDO and Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has made outstanding contributions to Defence Research and Development and is renowned for his pioneering contributions to the Indian defence and aerospace sector.
A visionary and an institution builder, he led the indigenous design, development and deployment of state-of-the-art mission critical aerospace technologies and advanced missile systems. These cutting edge technologies have been the backbone for key strategic programmes and other defence applications in India.
Dr Reddy is known for his vision and capability to develop indigenous technologies and is famous in students as “Junior Kalam” and ‘Next Generation Missile Man” due to his knack on advanced technologies. He is one of the eminent aerospace scientists of the country and has contributed significantly to the formulation of many national R&D policies for effective development and promoting efficient manufacturing within the country. An outstanding leader, Dr Reddy has conceived and initiated many flagship defence programmes, established world class R&D facilities and created young scientists laboratories for futuristic research.
Dr Reddy spearheaded Mission Shakti, the country’s first Anti-Satellite Missile Test (ASAT) mission which demonstrated extremely high degree of precision and technological prowess, enabling India join a select group of four nations with such capability. He bolstered the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme and successfully demonstrated missile interception capabilities at high altitudes. He led the development of advanced avionics and achieved streak of successful missions of long range Agni 5 strategic missile. His R&D contributions have made India self‐reliant in Missiles and Avionics technologies.
Dr Satheesh Reddy has received numerous awards that include AIAA Missile Systems Award, National Aeronautical Prize, National Systems Gold Medal, National Design Award, IEI-IEEE (USA) award for engineering excellence, Homi J Bhabha Gold Medal and Technology Leadership Award.