Advanced System Laboratory, Hyderabad

Dr M Rama Manohara Babu, DS, Programme Director, Agni, has joined as Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad, w.e.f. 5 October 2018. He obtained MS in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad in the year 1994 and PhD from College of Engineering, Andhra University in Marine Engineering on Acoustic Emission Testing of Carbon Epoxy Filament Wound Pressure Vessels in the year 2014.

Dr MRM Babu started his career in DRDL in Project Agni as Sc ‘B’ in 1986. In the initial phase he contributed in the development, fabrication of airframe structures, testing and evaluation and integration in the capacity of System Manager and subsequently as Deputy Project Director.

He took over as Technology Director of Reliability and Quality Assurance Group in ASL in the year 2001 and established Total Quality Management System encompassing the entire life cycle of design, development, production and deployment of Strategic Missile Systems of Agni series. In 2012, he was appointed Technology Director of Strategic Systems Centre.

He is founding Director, Centre for Advanced Systems ( 2014 to 2016) and was responsible for the production of missile systems. Later he was anointed Programme Director, Agni Programme consisting of eight Project Directors across different DRDO labs covering various configurations of Agni strategic missile systems, ground support systems, and sites. As Programme Director he was responsible for the design, development, production and deployment of long-range strategic missile systems of various Agni variants.

He is presently member of Indian National Society for Aerospace and Related Mechanisms, Member of Aeronautical Society of India, Member of Society for Aerospace Quality and Reliability and also Associate Member of Institution of Engineers (India).

He was awarded Agni Award for Excellence in Self-reliance, DRDO Award for Pathbreaking Research/Outstanding Technology Development, and Commendation Certificate from SA to RM.