Dr. Shailendra V Gade, Outstanding Scientist/Sc‘H’ has been appointed as ‘The Director’ Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) Ahmednagar with effect from 08th Jul 2021. He joined ARDE (DRDO) Pune in Mar 87 and worked for 33 years.
Dr. Shailendra V Gade obtained B. E. in Mech. Engineering from NIT Raipur in 1985. He pursued post graduation (M. Tech.) in Mech. Engg. (Design) from IIT Bombay and Ph. D from IIT Delhi in the area of High velocity impact.
Dr. Gade as Project Director, has spearheaded the flagship and one of the most ambitious project of DRDO ‘155 mm x 52 Calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)’ at ARDE. The ATAGS is arguably the best Artillery Gun system of the world. Under his leadership, six fully integrated ATAGS have been realized achieving all the QR parameters. The systems have been evaluated at PFFR Pokharan and SFFR Sikkim successfully and demonstrated their fire power and mobility in different terrains.
Dr. Gade initially worked on the Design and development of Launcher System for India’s fully Indigenous Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System – Pinaka and played a pivotal role towards fructifying this system and its induction into Army. Subsequently he took over the Small Arms group at ARDE and led the team successfully towards realizing, Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC), Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), Multi-Calibre Individual weapon System (MCIWS), Air Bursting Grenade (ABG) apart from improvements in the INSAS Small Arms. Dr. S V Gade carried out extensive research and formulated a project proposal on ‘Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS)’ towards enhancing the capabilities of the Soldiers in the areas of lethality, Surveillance, Survivability, protection and Communication. The Army is constantly working towards implementing the concept of F-INSAS in Indian army.
Dr. Gade has led the team in developing the Armament System for Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) for DRDO’s project Abhay. Abhay was equipped with a main Gun system and a very innovative two column feed and ejection system to handle two different Ammunitions. He has been instrumental in leading the team in developing various FSAPDS and practice Ammn. for MBT Arjun and other main Battle tanks.
Technical Expertise: Dr Gade has expertise in the design of Small Arms, Artillery and tank Guns, Modeling & Simulations, Manufacturing technologies, System-Integration, Test & Evaluation, Composite materials, All Electric servo control, Electrohydraulic control systems, Kinematics & Synthesis of mechanisms, Materials engineering, Kinetic energy Ammunition, Numerical simulation of penetration mechanisms, behaviour of materials at high strain rate, surface engineering technologies etc.
Honours and Awards: Recipient of DRDO Performance Excellence Award 2002 (for Pinaka), Team Leader award for ‘Modern Sub Machine Carbine’ in 2006, DRDO ‘Scientist of the Year award 2013’. Team leader award for Air Bursting grenade in 2015 and ‘Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance 2017’
Research Guide & Publications: Guided B Tech & M Tech students as Project Guide. He has more than 40 papers to his credit in National & International Journals. He has been delivering technical lectures in the Infantry and Artillery International conferences.
Membership of Professional Bodies: He is a member of many professional societies.