Why is the establishment of the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a great achievement of Dr. Kalam?

One of Dr. Kalam’s remarkable achievements was the establishment of the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a DRDO laboratory in Hyderabad, Telangana, in 1988. This was set up with generous government funding to build a centre for the future, which is geared for work in advanced missile technologies.

The ambience of the state-of-the-art facilities and the level of comfort provided to the workers are only matched by a few research and development facilities other than RCI.

Dr. Kalam’s interest in the environment ensured that the Centre was set up in beautiful premises in the midst of a rocky wasteland. Apart from the state-of-the art facilities, it also has a small orchard and a farm that meets the food requirements of those who stay in the RCI quarters.

RCI is located in an area called Vignyana Kancha, which was given by the government of undivided Andhra Pradesh. The foundation stone for the project was laid by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 5th August 1985, and it was inaugurated by the former President of India, R. Venkataraman, on 27th August 1988.

Research Centre Imarat is a global pioneer in developing avionics and navigation systems for missiles. It is the leading laboratory that has spearheaded the Indo-Israel joint development of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) programme and had a hat-trick success in its first three consecutive missions.

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