Hyderabad, October 14: The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will rename the country’s prestigious Missile Complex in Hyderabad as “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex”.
The landmark event will take place at Research Centre Imarat (RCI) on Thursday on the occasion of the 84th Birth Anniversary of Dr Kalam, the “Missile Man.”
Known for his sharp acumen and knowledge, India's leading scientist Dr Kalam spearheaded many nuclear and ballistic missile programmes of the country during last few decades. Thus, he came to be known as 'Missile Man'.
Dr Kalam had joined Missile Complex, DRDO in 1982 and was a part of it for nearly two decades. The Missile Complex comprises Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) which is considered to be the brain child of Dr Kalam.
As founder Director, Dr Kalam conceived and steered RCI as a generator of critical missile technologies.
Parrikar will also be inaugurating two advanced R&D facilities of RCI - Outdoor RCS Test Facility, “ORANGE”, at Dundigal and Kautilya Advanced Research Centre at RCI, Hyderabad.
Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, SA to RM & Director, RCI along with other Distinguished Scientists, Lab Directors, Project Directors, senior officials & Staff of DRDO will be present during the event.