Bengaluru: Dr Girish Shantaram Deodhare is the new Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). He replaces Cmde Cadaba Devnath Balaji (Retd), who retired on March 31, 2017.

As reported by Mathrubhumi earlier, Dr Deodhare was picked up by a Seacrh Committee headed by Dr V S R Arunachalam with Dr V K Aatre (both former heads of DRDO) and Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) as its members.

Dr Deodhare was the Associate Program Director, New Programs and Systems Engineering and Technology Director, Integrated Flight Control Systems, ADA. Dr Deodhare, who took charge on Friday, will have around six years of service left. He is the 5th Director of ADA.

Hailing from Maharashtra, the 1963-born scientist-technocrat has been credited with developing the Flight Control System and CLAW (Control Laws) for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas.

Dr Deodhare has his task cut out with the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas being the most immediate milestone to cross.

A bit more on the new Tejas Chief

Dr Deodhare has a B.Tech (1984) in Electrical Engineering and M.Tech (1986) in Control and Instrumentation, from IIT Bombay. He holds a PhD (1990) in Control Theory from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Dr Deodhare had earlier worked with the the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), a DRDO lab in Bengaluru. He moved to ADA in 2007 as the Technology Director.

He was handpicked by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in 1992 to be part of the National Control Law Team to develop the Control Laws for the Tejas.

Speaking to Mathrubhumi on Friday, Shyam Chetty, former Director of National Aerospace Laboratories, said Dr Deodhare is a very practical person and an apt choice to spearhead the Tejas programme.

“He is theoretically very strong and a student of Prof Vidyasagar. He is an excellent human being and highly-qualified aerospace scientist. He is a 24x7 person and the right choice to head ADA,” says Shyam. 

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