From Sc 'G' to 'H'
Dr K Ramchand, Director, Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), Bangalore, is a leading systems engineer and integrator in the field of aeronautics. He leads a multi-disciplinary, multi-organisation core team of designers and scientists tasked with the design and development of an advanced airborne electronic force multiplier. He is also involved in the flight testing of indigenously developed multi-mode radar and avionics for Indian LCA using Avro aircraft as a Hack aircraft. He was instrumental in the collaborative design and development of an ultra sidelobe antenna for which a patent has been filed. He has pioneered the design and development and transfer of technology of indigenous GPS and DGPS. He has conceived and developed Bheema-1000, a universal and versatile weapon loading ground support equipment for all classes of fighter aircraft and heads the nodal team for testing of the indigenously developed Kaveri engine prior to its fitment on LCA on a flying test bed. He directed a team of scientists/engineers who successfully designed, fabricated and installed a large rotodome on the HAL HS- 748 aircraft and validated the concept of AEW by extensive flight trials.
Dr Ramachand is the recipient
of several awards, including the Gold Medal for his Best Paper by the Institute of
Engineers (India) in 1984; Best Defence Scientist of the Year Award in 1985; the
Outstanding Achievement Award by DRDO in 1988; the National Aeronautics Prize 1991
constituted by the Aeronautical Society of India; and the Distinguished Aero Alumni Award
of the Indian Institute of Science (IlSc), Bangalore, in 1992. Dr Ramchand is a
fellow/member of the IEEE, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Institution of Engineers,
(India), and Computer society of India. Presently, he is Vice-President and Member of the
General Council of the AeSI. He has 50 research papers to his credit.
Rajagopalan obtained his ME (Machine Design) from Madras University and joined DRDO at the
Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, in 1974. At
CVRDE, he was instrumental in design and development of derivatives of armoured recovery
vehicle and bridge layer tank on tank Vijayanta. He also guided the development of chassis
and automative systems of Arjun tank-
Shri Rajagopalan was deputed to
study the Masters of Science in Military Vehicle Technology in Royal Military College of
Science, UK, in 1989. He was a DRDO candidate for the 38 Course on National Security and
Strategic Studies at the National Defence College, New Delhi in 1998. He submitted a
thesis titled, Defence and Industry Interface in R&D and Production for Achieving
Self-Reliance in Military Hardware and Software. As a part of this
Shri Rajagopalan has instituted a nucleus group of future combat systems and formul~ted a conceptual framework. He was involved with the Integrated Future Combat Systems Development Programme-- Definition Phase project. Presently, he shoulders the responsibility of the Arjun technology transfer .
Shri K Tamilmani obtained his DMIT (Aeronautics) and joined DRDO at the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), Bangalore, in 1975. Later, he completed MA (Defence Studies) and MBA (Human Resource Development) in 1996 and 2000, respectively.
During his two-and-half decade service in DRDO, he has immensely contributed to the weapon release envelope estimation for carriage of armament stores on Kiran and Ajeet aircraft, airworthiness evaluation and type-certification of Ajeet trainer and HPT -32 aircraft, design and development of mechanical subsystems for the indigenous airborne surveillance programme, aircraft modification and flight testing of rotodomed Avro aircraft, management representative for successfully implementing ISO-900 1 in CABS, and design and development of Bheema-1 000 weapon loading trolley.
Shri Tamilmani was awARDEd with
DRDO Outstanding Contribution Award in 1992 for rotodome modification and flight testing
of HAL HS- 748 aircraft and in 1995 for successful design, development and flight testing
of rotodome drive system. He was also awARDEd with the Prof VM Ghatge Award for design
excellence in respect of successful ASP platform related subsystems development by the
Aeronautical Society of India. He is a Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
and Vice President of the AeSI (Bangalore Chapter).
Dr M Nagarathinam obtained his PhD from lIT, Chennai, in 1996. Rejoined DRDO at the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in 1972. Since his association with DRDL, he has been instrumental in the development of missile aerodynamics and CFD for missiles. As a leader in the field of computational fluid dynamics,
Dr Nagarathinam led the team
for the development of highly automated quasi/full 3-D elliptic grid generators and a
number of accurate 3-D time marching upwind euler solvers. These codes have been
successfully applied to complex flow situations pertaining to IGMDP. The elliptic grid
generator AUTOELGRID developed by the team is
Kapoor, a PhD in Engineering Mathematics in 1967 from Banaras Hindu University joined DRDO
in 1969. During his three-decade service in DRDO, he was associated with various fields
varying from teaching to systems analysis of defence equipment of strategic importance to
armament. For one such systems analysis on air defence guns, he was awARDEd DRDO Cash
Award in 1985. He has successfully completed several projects on armament of national
importance. As a Member Secretary of the Armament Research Board, he is actively engaged
in promoting research in academic institutions, R&D establishments and industry
involved in the development of technologies for armament. He has published several
publications in Indian and foreign journals and has guided PhD students.
Smt Malathi Limaye obtained her BE in Electrical Communication Engineering and ME in Microwave Antennas from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1970 and 1993, respectively. She joined DRDO in 1971 at the Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore. Later, she shifted to the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore, in 1976 and since then has been working in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles. Besides, she is actively involved in other areas, such as RCS augmentation, airborne antennas and data links for UAVs. Presently, she is the Joint Project Director of the project Falcon under which Nishant UAV is being developed.
Shri Ram Pal obtained
ME (Electronics) from BITS, Pilani, in 1969 and joined DRDO at the Defence Electronics
Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad, in 1971. At DLRL, he was responsible for the design
and development of a large variety of multi-octave frequency band antennas and radomes
working in V/UHF to MMW frequency range for communication, and active and passive EW
systems for airborne, shipborne, and ground-based platforms. He has published 16 technical
papers in national and international journals. He was awARDEd with MN Saha Memorial Award
by IETE (Delhi) for the best application-oriented technical paper titled, Broadband
Tapered Slotline RaDIATion. He has been nominated as the Programme Manager for
CODE-7 (Antennas and Radomes).
B Kakhandaki, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore 41, University, joined DRDO
at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, in 1972. He has evolved many
manufacturing technologies; some of them have been transferred to Indian vendors for
manufacturing the Kaveri engine components. The technology for manufacturing Kaveri engine
fan and compressor blades is one such technology. He is the Chairman of the Joint Working
Group, HAL(ED) , HAL (Kpt) , and GTRE for the manufacture of flight standard Kaveri engine
prototypes. He has established novel techniques to control dimensional instability in
machining precision gas turbine components. As Group Director, he has established state-
of-the-art CAD/CAM and CNC machining facilities.
Venkataraju obtained his post-graduation in engineering from Madras University and joined
DRDO in 1972. He is responsible for the design and development of data acquisition and
health monitoring systems for aeroengines. He has developed test rigs for engine
controller integration. He has also developed digital engine controller for Kabini engine.
At present, he is actively engaged in the development of digital control unit for Kaveri
marine gas turbine engine. Shri Venkataraju is the recipient of DRDO Technology Award for
1995 for design and development of data acquisition systems for five test cells.
Currently, he is Group Director, Measurement Engineering Group at GTRE. He has 16 research
papers to his credit.
Shri M Chadrasekaran, Sci D, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, has been awARDEd PhD for his thesis titled, Deflection Shape Analysis and Dynamic Characteristics of Aerogas Turbine Engine Structure by the Indian Institute of Technology , Chennai.