Top Russian award for Indian cruise missile scientist

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  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

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    Eminent Indian missile scientist A Sivathanu Pillai has been given the highest Russian award by President Vladimir Putin for his contribution towards strengthening the ties between the two countries through the successful BrahMos supersonic cruise missile programme.

    Along with Pillai, senior BJP leader and Public Accounts Committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has also been bestowed upon the Russian award 'Order of Friendship', which is the highest award given by that country to foreign citizens.

    "You have been awarded with Order of Merit in your special merit in developing joint venture, strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and understanding between nations," a communication from the Russian Government to Pillai said.

    Pillai and Joshi were congratulated by Defence Minister AK Antony during the meeting of Defence Ministry's Consultative Committee in Parliament for being given the Russian honour.


    Russia had instituted the awards in 1994 to honour foreign nationals whose work, deeds and efforts were aimed at betterment of relations with Russian federation.

    Pillai is credited with the development of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which is a Joint Venture between India and Russia.

    The JV started in 1998 and in 15 years, the 290-km range missile has been inducted into all three arms of the Indian armed forces.

    The BrahMos Aerospace corporation is also working towards the development of an air-launched version of the weapon system.

    Top Russian award for Indian cruise missile scientist
     
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    Putin, we need the ToT due to us, not the awards.
     
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    at least they didnt have to go for pat down and s-search
     
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    Putin wants India as a leverage against the US, perhaps?
     
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    I will repeat for the 100th time. It's been 2 years since all ToT for Brahmos was completed. We are manufacturing the entire missile in India today. The Russian production factories are no longer making Brahmos parts, they have moved on to other projects.

    It is the same with T-90 and MKI too. All tech transfers have been completed. T-90's was completed sometime in Dec 2006 or 2007, we made our first proper gun barrel after that and transferred the tank to the IA for operational use. And MKI sometime in 2006 or 2008, I forgot which. We made our first indigenous engine in 2010 for MKI.

    BATL set to make BrahMos engines - The Hindu

    Something about technology transfers.

    Sivathanu Pillai: Brahmos: a story of success - Russian Aviation - RUAVIATION.COM
    Tech transfer is not like exchanging music in 10 minutes using flash drives. Tech transfer takes years and years and it requires a lot of training and studying. It is a big deal and the volumes of data compiled over 15-20 years can't simply be transferred in seconds.

    MRCA also is the same, it will take more than half a decade to transfer the technology. Our people will be trained and then they will get hands on experience assembling the jets before we make our first indigenous MRCA aircraft. It won't happen overnight.

    In case of FGFA, training will happen very early as it has already started, then we will start manufacturing our own jets by the next decade.
     

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