Shri M Natarajan has taken over as the Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri, Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development and DG R&D w.e.f. 31 August 2004 from Dr VK Aatre on his superannuation.

Shri Natarajan joined DRDO in 1970 at Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, and has worked over the years on several important programmes/assignments relating to the design and development of combat vehicles. He has been associated with MBT Arjun programme since its inception and was appointed Programme Director in 1987. Later, he took over as Director, CVRDE, Avadi, in December 1989. He was appointed Distinguished Scientist in March 1999 and served as Chief Controller (ACE) at DRDO HQrs from January 2001 to August 2004.

The continued hard work and innovative design approach and dedication of the scientists and the technicians of CVRDE under the leadership of Shri Natarajan resulted in India's first indigenous state-of-the-art Main

Battle Tank Arjun. As Chief Controller he was in-charge Armaments, Combat Vehicles and Engineering group of laboratories and was instrumental in the acceptance and subsequent induction of several of the products in the Services.

Shri Natarajan was awARDEd Padam Shree in 2003 for his distinguished services to the Organisation. He is also the recipient of Best Scientist Award in 1994; Best System Laboratory (CVRDE) Rolling Silicon Trophy in 1995; National Design Award by the Institution of Engineers (India) in 1996; and Technology Leadership Award in 2003.

Shri M Natarajan is a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from lIT, Madras and MTech in Mechanical Engineering from lIT, Mumbai. He did Masters of Science in Military Vehicles Technology from the RMCS, UK in 1975. He is the Distinguished Alumni of IIT, Chennai; Fellow of National Academy of Engineering; and Member, Society of Automobile Engineers and Fluid Power Society of India.