From Sc 'G' to 'H'

Dr K RamchandDr 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.

From Sc 'F' to 'G'

CVRDE, Avadi

B. RajagopalanShri B 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
course, he also visited Bangladesh, Egypt, South Africa, and Mauritius.

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 .

CABS, Bangalore

K TamilmaniShri 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).

DRDL, Hyderabad

Dr M NagarathinamDr 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
registered under IPR Act.

Dte of Armament, DRDO HQrs, New Delhi

Dr V.K. KapoorDr VK 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.

ADE, Bangalore

Smt Malathi LimayeSmt 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.


DLRL, Hyderabad

Ram PalShri 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).

GTRE, Bangalore

Dr Subhas B KakhandakiDr Subhas 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.

Dr Subhas is the recepient of ASME International Gas Turbine Institute's Best Technical Paper Award for 1998. He is a member of Advisory Council of MSR Institute of Advance Studies. He is a fellow member of the Institution of Production Engineers and member of the Aeronautical Society of India. He has 45 research papers to his credit.

K VenkatarajuShri K 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.

Higher Qualifications Achieved

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.