Pillars of BrahMos

 Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai

Dr KalamDr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai, a former Chief Controller, R&D, DRDO was the founder CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace. An electrical engineer from Madras University and management expert from Harvard Business School, he has contributed in India's major space research programmes along with Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Dr. Satish Dhawan and Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. During his tenure at ISRO he was a core team member of SLV III project. Dr. Pillai joined DRDO in 1986 and was the Programme Director of IGMDP under the leadership of Dr. Kalam. His most important contribution has been the development of critical technologies using a network of academic institutions, R&D laboratories, and industries through an innovative consortium approach and technology empowerment. Dr. Pillai evolved the unique concept of the most successful joint venture BrahMos, which is a world leader in the family of cruise missiles. He has been the prime force behind the Joint Venture from the Indian side right from its initial days, advocating "Mind to Market" concept for the joint venture.

Dr. Pillai is the author of many technical papers and has co-authored the books The Path Unexplored, Thoughts For Change - We Can Do It and Envisioning an Empowered Nation with Dr. Kalam. He has also written Technology Leadership - A Revolution in the Making and Ocean Warfare - The Technology Waves. A fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of many other professional bodies, Dr. Pillai has been awarded the 'Padma Bhushan' and 'Padma Shri' by the Government of India. He has also earned several other honours for his invaluable contribution in the field of science and technology.

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 Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

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 Dr. A G Leonov

  • "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