G Satheesh Reddy, the Agni guide
By Syed Akbar
Internationally acclaimed defence scientist G Satheesh Reddy can be described as the
“Agni guide” as he plays an important role in guiding the Agni series of ballistic
missiles, which gave India a major defence edge in the region.
Satheesh joined the DRDO as scientist B in Hyderabad in 1986. He rose rank by rank during
the last 26 years through his. At 48, today he is the youngest outstanding scientist in
the Defence sector in India.
He heads the inertial systems in the DRDO’s RCI in the city. His lab is responsible for
the accuracy of the missile systems. In short, he guides India’s missiles to their
Satheesh received a number of awards this year including the Institution of Electronics
and Telecommunication Engineers’ award for planning, design, development, production and
timely delivery of critical avionics systems and diversified navigation technologies for
land, air, sea and space applications. He developed diversified core navigation
technologies. Satheesh, who is also the associate director of RCI in Hyderabad, added
another feather in his cap by winning the `Vikram Award’ of the Systems Society of India
He is the guiding force behind all the series of the Agni missiles including the
intercontinental ballistic missile, Agni 5. He also proved his prowess in the interceptor
technology, giving India its Defence Shield.