Kota Harinarayan – The Designer of India’s first home-grown fighter jet ‘Tejas’ from #Ganjam , #Odisha #Tejas
Berhampur: Induction of India’s first home-grown fighter jet ‘Tejas’ into the Air Force has brought special cheers to the people of Odisha as its leading designer hails from Berhampur town.
Kota Harinarayan, who had a huge contribution in designing the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is jubilant following the induction of the aircraft into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday.
“We worked for over two decades for designing the Tejas. Hard work finally paid off as the aircraft was inducted into the IAF. I will be really happy, when it is fully utilised by the Air Force,” Harinarayan said over phone from Bengaluru.
“The aircraft is equipped to handle air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles and anti-ship missiles. It can also track the enemy s craft Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and support the army operation across the border,” he said.
“Tejas is superior to any other fighter aircraft of other countries like China and Pakistan. It is designed with the latest technology,” he added.
“Though we started the work for development of the LCA in 1980s when the government decided to develop indigenous aircraft for the air force with establishment of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the actual work started when government sanctioned funds in 1993,” Harinarayan said, who was the then director of the project.
He said around 20 educational institutions like IITs of Kanpur, Kharagapur and Bombay, 40 Research and Development (R&D) labrotaries and over 500 engineers toiled hard for years to develop the indigenous aircraft in the country. While a few components of this jet were imported, most parts of it are made in India.
Though he is settled in Bengaluru now, Harinarayan visits his home town frequently.
Tejas, India’s first home-grown fighter jet, was finally inducted into the IAF on Friday after a tortuous saga spread over 33 long years with the launch of the first squadron of two Light Combat Aircraft(LCA) Tejas in Bengaluru.
Dr. Kota Harinarayana Profile –
Dr. Kota Harinarayana was born in Berhampur, Odisha , 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. As Programme Director and Chief Designer of Light Combat Aircraft, he successfully directed the project leading to flight testing and clearance for limited series production. 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 and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He received distinguished alumnus award from Indian Institute of Science and from IIT Bombay . He was awarded National Aeronautics Prize and FIE Foundation Award in 1996. He received SBI-Pragna Puraskar in 2001. He received the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2001. He received the DRDO Technology Leadership Award for 2001. He was honoured with Padma Shri by Government of India in 2002. He received 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.He was awarded Shri Om Prakash Bhasin award for Science & Technology for the year 2007 in the field of engineering including Energy & Aerospace.He received DRDO life time achievement award in 2008.Berhampur university conferred on him honorary doctorate in the year 2008.
He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad till 15 July, 2005.He is Chairman,Research council,Centre for wind energy technology,Chennai, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT-Bombay, Indian Technical coordinator for India-Trento/Italy S&T program ,Pratt & Whitney Chair professor at Univ of Hyderabad;Dr D S Kothari DRDO Chair at ADA,Bangalore.