Missile Complex in Hyderabad of DRDO named after Abdul Kalam [ Current Affairs ]

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About Missile complex: Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) Missile Complex in Hyderabad has been renamed as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex. It was give new name after late President and Missile Man A P J Abdul Kalam on the occasion of his 84th birth anniversary.

  • It was named in a ceremony chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
  • The function was held at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI).
  • He was RCI’s Founder - Director and had directed it as a generator of critical missile technologies.
  • The Hyderabad Missile Complex is considered to be the brainchild of Dr Kalam.
  • It comprises Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat.
  • He had joined Missile Complex in 1982 and was a part of it for nearly two decades.

About Dr. Kalam:

  • Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
  • He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering.
  • He specialized in aeronautical engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.
  • He contributed to the development of Agni and Prithvi missiles.
  • The books that he wrote are: ‘Wings of Fire’, ‘India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium’, ‘My journey’ and ‘Ignited Minds - Unleashing the power within India’. They have been translated in many Indian languages.

- Published on: October 19, 2015