Renowned scientist G Satheesh Reddy was today appointed as the Chairman of Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO). Reddy is the Scientific Adviser to the Defense Minister.
He has been appointed to the post of DRDO Chairman for two years.
He will also be the Secretary, Department of Defense Research and Development (DoDRD), for the same period, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said.
Previous DRDO Chief
S Christopher was the predecessor of Reddy
The post of DRDO Chief was lying vacant for about the past three months after S Christopher completed his term on May 28 this year.
Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra was then given additional charge of the post.
Christopher was in May last year given a one-year extension.
He was in May 2015 appointed as Director General of the DRDO for a two-year term.
Establishment of DoDRD
DoDRD was established in 1980
Christopher was earlier Distinguished Scientist and Program Director (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) and Director, Center for Air-Borne Systems, in DRDO.
Established in 1980, the DoDRD advises the government on scientific aspects of military equipment and logistics and the formulation of research, design and development plans for the equipment required by the three services - Army, Navy and Air Force.