Shri Avinash Chander, Secretary Department of Defence R&D, DG R&D and SA to RM
Shri Avinash Chander joined DRDO in 1972 after completing graduation in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He obtained MS in Spatial Information Technology from Jawharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad.
Shri Avinash Chander is the chief architect of Agni series of ballistic missile systems. Development of Agni range of missiles in highly restrictive international control regimes was possible only out of his technology forecast, perspective planning and relentless efforts. He created the infrastructure, industry base, production lines, and integration facilities to produce different classes of Agni missiles. Today, Agni 1, 2, and 3 missiles occupy the pride of place in the inventories of the Indian Armed Forces.
His pioneering research in inertial navigation and guidance systems has enabled utilisation of solid propulsion, the main thrust and the backbone of long-range missile system. Under his leadership, DRDO carried out extensive research and indigenously developed the critical technologies like Composite Rocket Motors, Re-entry Carbon Composite Heat Shield, Advanced High Accuracy Navigation Systems, Flex Nozzle Control System, High-end Real-time Computing Techniques, Advanced Navigation Systems, Onboard Computers, and Servo Valves and Seekers. He also laid the technology roadmap for Missile Complex Laboratories.
In recognition of his immense contributions towards strengthening the national Defence, Government of India recently honoured him with Padma Shri. The distinguished scientist has also received numerous other awards and honours including Rocketry and Related Technologies Award (1997) by the Astronautical Society of India; DRDO Scientist of the Year Award (1989); Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance (1999); Dr Biren Roy Space Science and Design Award (2000); DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research and Outstanding Technology Development (2007); Outstanding Technologist Award (2008) by Punjab Technical University; Technology Leadership Award (2008); and Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT (2011), Delhi.
He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers, Systems Society of India, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, and Vice-President of Astronautical Society of India.