Shri SP Dash, OS and Director, ITR, Chandipur, has been appointed Director (additional charge) of Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad. He obtained B.Tech (Hons) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1977. He joined Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, as SSO-II (ad hoc) in 1977 and served there in various capacities. He has carried out design, development of flight instrumentation systems consisting of onboard telemetry, telecommand and transponder systems, and other avionics systems meeting the measurement requirements of all missile projects and strategic missions i.e, Prithvi, Trishul, Nag, Akash, AD, SF&D, PJ-10 (Brahmos), K-15, Astra, etc.
These systems have been successfully flight tested in a number of flight trials and have provided valuable data for post-flight analyses. All the above systems are under production with the various industries with technology transfer from DRDO. He was promoted as Sc G in July 2001 and was Technology Director (Flight Instrumentation) and Associate Director, RCI, Hyderabad, till February 2007.
Some of the critical technologies developed and demonstrated by him along with his team are: Cand S-band transponders, encrypted S-band PCM telemetry system, digital telecommand system, CDMAbased secured data link, ASIC’s, i.e, PCM, FFT, video compressions, etc.
In March 2007, Shri Dash was appointed Director, Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. As Director, ITR, he has successfully conducted hundreds of flight tests and evaluation of rockets, missiles and weapon systems of national and international importance meeting the mission requirements and objectives of various DRDO projects/programmes from complexes in Chandipur, Dhamra, INS Kalinga, Andaman and Nicobar islands and Pokhran, with wide spread range instrumentation network consisting of electro-optical tacking systems, instrumentation tracking radars, ground telemetry receiving systems, range safety and ground telecommand systems, central computer and data processing systems, communication network consisting of satellite, microwave, fibre-optics, etc., spread over land, sea and air covering the entire trajectory profile of various missions.
He has undergone Advanced Leadership Programme at IIM, Ahmedabad, during 2009 and Organizational Effectiveness Programme at Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, during 2006. In recognition of his significant contributions and achievements, Shri Dash has been awarded the following DRDO awards: DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research/Outstanding Technology Development for Programme AD in 2006; DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research/Outstanding Technology Development for Programme SF&D in 2007; DRDO Award for Performance Excellence for Programme B-05 (K-15) in 2007; and DRDO Award for Performance Excellence for Dhanush missile in 2009.