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Star List 2018 - Sudhir Kumar Mishra

By Niranjan Mudholkar,

Added 31 January 2018

The Machinist Star List is an annual feature which aims at recognising the iconic leaders of Indian manufacturing. The Star List 2018 includes the leaders from various sectors of the manufacturing industry. It is their vision of steering their respective companies ahead and passion towards the manufacturing industry that makes them extraordinary individuals. Through this feature, The Machinist salutes their contribution towards Indian manufacturing.


It is not often that a top-level defence scientist specialising in missile technology gets featured in the top CEO list. But that’s what makes Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace, special. With more than 33 years of enriching experience in fields of missiles and defence diplomacy, Mishra started his career under the tutorage and guidance of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Currently, he is working as the CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace, a Joint Venture between Govt. of India and Russia. “I am leading highly motivated and technically competent team of more than 1500 Engineers, Scientists and Technicians located at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram and successfully
managing technical and financial functioning of Joint Venture BrahMos,” he says describing his work.

As the CEO, Mishra’s responsibilities include design, development, testing, production, marketing and product support for the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile systems and ground facilities for Indian Army, Navy and Air Force in various configurations.

BrahMos Aerospace has created business of Rs.27,500 crore on the
investment of Rs.1300 crore and healthy profits for Govt. of India.
Mishra’s contribution has been in upgrading the BrahMos missile to achieve newer capabilities and versions for Land to Land, Sea to
Land, Air to Sea/Land and Land to Sea as well as giving extended range capability.

“With the recent launch of BrahMos Air version from Su-30MKI, we have completed the Supersonic Cruise Missile triad. Production capacity is being increased at Nagpur to provide these systems to the users within scheduled time frame and also to cater for futuristic requirements including the prospective export orders.

“With an investment of US$ 300 million, BrahMos today has an order book of US$ 6 billion which we expect to reach US$ 10 billion in the coming years. Apart from this, we are setting up technical positions at numerous locations which will provide 24x7 services to Armed Forces. Our endeavour is to sustain the motto of BrahMos as a Total Solutions Company and maintain the leadership in the world of cruise missiles.”

In 2017, under Mishra’s leadership, BrahMos achieved several milestones. For example, On November 22, 2017, BrahMos Air version has been successfully flight tested from the fighter aircraft SU-30 MKI hitting the sea target in Bay of Bengal at bull’s eye.


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