The Path Unexplored

The Path Unexplored

This book describes the journey of BrahMos which made India a World Leader in missile technology with the fastest, high precision supersonic cruise Missile, realized in short time with a novel collaborative effort between India and Russia. It is the first time experience in an unexplored path to demonstrate "we can do it".

While pondering over all hardships, collaborative efforts and all related issues, a strong thought came to the author's mind that a book should be written on the experiences associated with the making of BRAHMOS. If not written properly, the efforts and techniques would be forgotten in the times to come and the youth may have to reinvent what has already been invented. Hence the ideas of drafting a book on the story of India's transitional voyage - BRAHMOS, whose equivalent is yet to be born, came in to existence.

As the objective of the book is to reach everyone, deep technological intricacies have not been discussed and utmost care has been taken in maintaining the secrecy which relates to the design and performances of the weapon system, as BRAHMOS being a frontline weapon system for Indian Armed Forces. The appendix contains the fundamentals required for understanding a missile. If the reader is a novice to missile terminologies, it is strongly recommended that the reader must get acquainted with the basics of guided missile. This book has been divided into many parts to cover various aspects of the voyage.

The Path Unexplored

About the Author

aspillai Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai, a distinguished scientist and Chief Controller, R&D, DRDO is also the CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace.

He is well-Know defence technologist and the architect of the World`s best cruise missile BRAHMOS, Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai has more than four decades of rich experience in India`s Launch Vehical and Missile Programmes at ISRO and DRDO. He is fortunate to work with the great visionary leaders who shaped India`s Aerospace Programme-Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Prof. Satish Dhawan and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and made him a Technology Leader in Aerospace systems. His experiences in multi-project environment and networking skills of R&D Laboratories,Industry and Academia have paved way for the realisation of critical technologies which resulted in the successful development of many systems-missiles, underwater sensors etc. and resulted in the evolution of a successful unique venture BrahMos.

Brand BRAHMOS has been successfully inducted in the Indian Armed forces, as a major strike weapon. He has authored many books including those co-authored with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Many academic institution in India and Abroad have recongnised his scientific contributions and awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa). He has number of prestigious awards to his credit which includes Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan from Government of India and Order of Friendship from the Government of Russian Federation.

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The Path Unexplored

Part-1     Embarking on a Voyage
1.     A Battle at High Seas
Part-2     Unfurling the sails
2.     Talons of A Pigeon - The Nuclear India
3.     In Pursuit of Missiles
4.     Persian Gulf War: The Shifting Ideology
Part-3     The Voyage in the Uncharted Waters
5.     The Pioneering Step: Leap-frogging
6.     Venturing Partners' Strength
7.     Forging Alliance: Genesis of the Joint Venture
8.     Moving Ahead
Part-4     Gaining Momentum
9.     Designing the Missile
10.     The Supersonic Bird
11.     Multi Platforms: Uniqueness
12.     Enhancing the Capabilities
Part-5     Sailing through Rough Seas
13.     Experiences of Flight Trials
Part-6     All Hands on Deck
14.     Fusion of Great Minds
15.     Men of Wisdom
16.     Missile Industry Consortium
Part-7     In the Horizon - The Future
17.     Vision 2050
Part-8     The Light House
18.     What We Learn from BrahMos
Part-9     Trailblazer
19.     Learning from the History - Self Reliance
20.     Military Industry Complex
Part-10     Reaching the Destination
21     A Word from the Captain

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Delhi Cantt, India

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