Muthukrishnan Kannan, defence scientist
By Syed Akbar
Muthukrishnan Kannan, 38, bagged the prestigious `Swarna Jayanthi Award’ from the
Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) for the year 2012.
Kannan, who has been working for the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad since 1997
has made outstanding contribution for development of components used in missiles,
aircraft and submarines.
He led the team for indigenous navigation systems (INS) for naval ships. He also headed
the navigational team for the cruise missile, BrahMos, a stealth supersonic cruise
missile. BrahMos can be launched from all the “three fields” – air (aircraft), sea
(submarines) and land. Incidentally, BrahMos is the fastest cruise missile in operation
today. The last 15 years have made Kannan a true Hyderabadi. He also speaks fluent Telugu.
Kannan bagged the ‘Swarna Jayanti Award’ for his outstanding contributions towards the
design, development, production and delivery of critical components for strategic and
tactical defence applications
He is also associated with several important projects that include Agni-3 ballistic
missile, Tejas, a lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft, and Shaurya, a hypersonic
surface-to-surface tactical missile. Kannan made valuable contribution for air defence
(AD) missile too.