India's Defence Research Organisation Gets Its First Woman Director-General

09/09/2015 5:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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A model of the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet, a project by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt, a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and Military Industrial Consortium NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia, stands on display during the Aero India air show at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, India, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The bi-annual Aero India exhibit is the premier event for nations and companies to get a piece of the $150 billion that the world's biggest arms importer plans to spend on modernizing its military. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar fired top missile scientist Avinash Chander as the chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in January, the country's main defence research organisation will be headed by J Manjula as the the Director General, Electronics & Communication Systems.

Citing the DRDO press release, Press Trust of India reported that Manjul, an alumnus of Osmania University and a practising electronics and communications engineer, has been leading Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) since July 2014.

Manjula, who also served at the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, for more than 26 years in the area of Integrated Electronic Warfare, has designed fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers, controller software etc for various systems inducted in Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary, PTI reported.

She was awarded the DRDO award for 'Performance Excellence' and 'Scientist of the Year 2011'.

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