Hyderabad: Ummalaneni Raja Babu, scientist and programme director, AD, has been appointed director of Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a premier avionics laboratory of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, DRDO, Hyderabad.

Raja Babu is an outstanding scientist at DRDO and is renowned for his significant contributions as programme director, AD at RCI. He provided the necessary thrust to the design, development and successful demonstration of ballistic missile defence system capabilities. Under his leadership, Programme AD successfully demonstrated "Mission Shakti," India's first Anti-Satellite Missile Test (A-SAT), strengthening indigenous defence capabilities.

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