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Sri. PS Subramanyam was born in Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh in 1950. Sri. PS Subramanyam is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal in 1973 and Post Graduate in Aeronautics from Indian Institute of Science in 1975.  He is a Fellow of:

· Indian National Academy of Engineers

· Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers

· Aeronautical Society of India

· The Institution of Engineers (India)


He is the Distinguished Alumni of Indian Institute of Science. He is the Life Member and Member of Executive Council of the Aeronautical Society of India.


He started his career in DRDO in 1975 and has worked in DRDL on various projects and significantly on control, guidance and navigation of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).


He joined ADA in 1986 and held various positions.  In August 2005 he has taken over as Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) and Director of Aeronautical Development Agency.  He has been elevated to Distinguished Scientist from July 2007.



· He is a joint recipient of DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research in 2002

· Scientist of the Year Award by DRDO in 2004

· Technology Leadership Award for the year 2008.

· Silicon Trophy Award for the Best Systems Lab conferred on ADA for the year 2007.

· National Aeronautics Prize by The Aeronautical Society of India for the year 2009.

· National Design Award by the Institute of Engineers for the year 2011.

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Rounded Rectangle:  Sri M B Verma
Distinguished Scientist
Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Dir - ADA

Aug 2005 - 30 Jun 2015

June 2002 - Aug 2005

Shri Manas Bihari Verma was born in 1943 at Dharbhanga in Bihar.  He graduated in BSc (Mechanical Engineering) from Patna University in 1965 and ME (Mechanical Engineering) from Calcutta University in 1969. He started his career at DRDO in 1970.  From 1973 to 1986 he held various assignments at  DRDO Hqrs, GTRE and CRE (Engines), Koraput.  He was deputed to ADA in 1986 to contribute in the LCA programme as Project Director (General Systems).  He was promoted to  Sc ‘G’ in 1990, Sc ‘H’ in 1994 and subsequently as Outstanding Scientist in 2001.  He took over as the LCA Programme Director in June 2002.  He was the Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) and Director of ADA from September 1, 2003. to August 2005.  He was elevated as Distinguished Scientist in November 2004.


He was deeply involved in LCA project definition, evolved the architecture and specification for all Mechanical Systems of the Light Combat Aircraft incorporating latest technologies.    This resulted in design, development and flight qualification of about 143 LRUs to meet the stringent Air Worthiness requirements.  Indigenous development of LCA Environmental Control System, carbon brake disc, dynamometer and AMAGB were undertaken and realized under his guidance.  Under his leadership the requirements of the Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) – Phase – I activities were achieved with 202 flight test sorties with the three aircraft viz., TD1, TD2 and PV1.  Critical technologies like Digital Fly-by-Wire system, glass cockpit, all composite wing, carbon-carbon brake discs and a host of indigenously developed technologies were demonstrated.  He set stringent goals for Integration of Weapons, Integration of Multi Mode Radar and Initial Operational Clearance of Tejas, leading to the Final Operational Clearance and induction. He initiated action for Limited Series Production of Tejas.



· He was the recipient of the Indigenisation of Aeronautical Equipment Award by Aeronautical Society of India in 1998

· Scientist of the Year in 2001

· He was awarded Technology Leadership Award  by DRDO in 2004

Dr. Kota Harinarayana was born in Berhampur, Orissa, in 1943 and graduated from BHU in Mechanical Engineering, postgraduate in Aero Engineering at IISc, Bangalore. He did his Ph.D. at IIT Bombay and also he is holding a Bachelor’s degree in Law.


He started his career in 1967 at HAL. He moved to DRDO HQ in 1970 till 1982 and held various positions. He rejoined HAL in 1982 as Chief Designer in Nasik Division. He was deputed to DRDO in 1985 and assumed charge as Director, ADE, Bangalore. He was appointed as LCA Programme Director in December 1985 and he was concurrently holding the post of Director, ADE till June 1986. During 1995 he was elevated as Distinguished Scientist by DRDO. He held the office of Programme Director -ADA till June 2002, he successfully directed the project leading to maiden flights of 02 Technology Demonstrators of LCA-Tejas . Thanks to his efforts, India succeeded in developing a state-of-art, high technology fighter aircraft of world class.


He is the Fellow of:


· Aeronautical Society of India (former President of the Society)

· National academy of sciences

· Indian National Academy of Engineering.




· Distinguished alumnus award from Indian Institute of Science & from IIT Bombay .

· National Aeronautics Prize & FIE Foundation Award in 1996.

· SBI-Pragna Puraskar in 2001.

· Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2001.

· DRDO Technology Leadership Award for 2001.

· Patent Award from Patent Office, Government of India for the invention of Interactive Triple Display Training Simulator (ITDTS)

· Silicon Trophy Award for the Technical & Managerial leadership to LCA Programme on ADA for the year 2007.

· Padma Shri by Government of India in 2002.

· Gujar Mal Modi Science foundation award for the year 2006.

· Indian National Academy of Engineering conferred up on him ,the life time contribution award in engineering , for the year 2006.

· Shri Om Prakash Bhasin award for Science & Technology for the year 2007 in the field of engineering including Energy & Aerospace.

· DRDO life time achievement award in 2008.

· Berhampur university conferred on him honorary doctorate in the year 2008.

Rounded Rectangle:  Sri C D Balaji 
Distinguished Scientist
Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Dir - ADA

01 Jul 2015 - 31 Mar 2017

Commissioned into the Indian Navy In Sep 1978 into the Engineering Branch, he has specialised in the Naval Aviation Arm. After the phase on basic and advanced training, he has served as the Air Engineer Officer of INAS 310 (Alize aircraft) for about 3 years embarking the Aircraft Carrier Vikrant having capability of catapult launch and arrested recovery. With a BE in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, he has served in various capacities in both the Marine and Aviation technical related jobs in the Indian Navy, including Engineer Officer of Ships Beas as a Lt Cdr and Magar as a Cdr. He has served as Station Air Engineer Officer (SAEO) of INS Hansa, a premier Naval Air Station. He has also served as a Senior Instructor at Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT), Kochi that trains Officers and Sailors for Naval Aviation. During his brief stint in the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Project, he was involved with the coordination of the first landing of ALH on the ship, INS Ganga. He then moved to Aeronautical Development Agency on deputation in 2002 involved with the first time development of a Naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Navy). He was responsible for obtaining the necessary Govt. sanction for the LCA(Navy) Programme in Mar 2003.


In his capacity of the Project Director LCA(Navy), he has been responsible for the design, development, building and flight testing of LCA(Navy) Prototypes at ADA, Bangalore as the Project Director LCA(Navy). In addition, he was also responsible for the build of the Air Force Trainer Prototypes, with the first prototype flight in Mar 2009. The historic maiden flight of the first Naval variant of LCA (NP1) took place on the 27 Apr 12 followed by the maiden ski jump launch on 20 Dec 14. The maiden flight of the second Naval variant of LCA (NP2) took place on 07 Feb 15. He is also responsible for conceptualising and building the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), replicating the aircraft carrier with ski-jump for take-off and arresting gear for recovery of the aircraft, at the Naval Air Station at Goa.


From 01 Dec 2006, he left the Navy and moved on permanent absorption to ADA and is currently a Scientist ‘H’/OS. He has also been carrying out duties of Secretary ADA over the last 8 years and Director (Admin & HR) over the last 4 years.

Rounded Rectangle:  Dr. Girish S. Deodhare 
Distinguished Scientist
Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Dir - ADA

Dr. Girish S. Deodhare was born on October 9, 1963. He did his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering(1984), M.Tech in Controls and Instrumentation(1986) both from IIT Bombay and Ph.D (1990) in Control Theory from University of Waterloo, Canada. 


He started his career in DRDO as Scientist in  Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Bangalore from 1990 till  2007. In March 2007 he joined the Aeronautical Development Agency as Scientist 'G'.  He was elevated to Outstanding Scientist/Sc ‘H’ during July 2012. 


He is a Lead Member of the National Control Law (CLAW) team for LCA and is Project Director (CLAW) since 2016.   In 2013 he took over as the Technology Director (Integrated Flight Control Systems), ADA and held additional charge of Associate Programme Director (New Programmes and Systems Engineering) from 2015.    He is involved in the design and development of flight control systems for the Indian Light Combat Aircraft using both  classical and modern control synthesis techniques.   


On April 28, 2017 he took over as the  Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) and Director, ADA to lead the Tejas (LCA) programme


Awards and Honours:


· “Distinguished Alumnus Award”, IIT Bombay, 2016.

· "DRDO Award for Performance Excellence", 2013 (in a team of 18).

· “National Aeronautical Prize” awarded by Aeronautical Society of India for contributions to “FBW Control Law for LCA”, 2002 (one among a Team of seven).

· “Technology Shield” from National Aerospace Laboratories for “Outstanding Achievement in LCA CLAW Design, Certification and Successful Flight Test”, 2001 (as member of National CLAW Team)

· Marconi International Fellowship’s “Young Scientist Award” for the year 1996

· INAE “Young Engineers Award” for the year 1996.

· “DRDO Technological Award” for the year 1994 (with Dr. Amitabh Saraf)




More than 40 publications in peer reviewed International Journals and Conferences.

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Distinguished Scientist
Programme Director - ADA
Rounded Rectangle:  Sri P S Subramaniam 
Distinguished Scientist
Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Dir - ADA